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Nick’s Kids 17th Habitat Home to Celebrate 17 National Championships

07 May 2018 Staff jrw

The Saban’s presented the keys to Donna Smith and her family in celebration with many Nick’s Kids members, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and other members of the local community.

Following the April 27, 2011, tornados that devastated Tuscaloosa, the Saban’s committed to building 13 homes to celebrate the 13 National Championships Alabama Football had won. As Alabama Football has won four more National Championships, the project grew to 17 for 17.

After a victory over Georgia on January 8, a 17th house was built to honor Alabama Football’s 2018 National Championship. A special thanks to Nick’s Kids’ major contributors of the project, Mike Brunner, Alan Hall, Farid Rafiee and David and Lynn Gwin who stepped up immediately after the victory to help build House No. 17.

“This project is a true testament of the limitless possibilities when our volunteers and Nick’s Kids members commit to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Ms. Terry Saban, co-founder and CEO of Nick’s Kids Foundation.

The Alabama football program jumped in and got its hands dirty too as the 17th house went up. Over 30 Tide players participated in a Habitat for Humanity Work Day in early March and the coach’s wives followed with a landscaping day to help finish the project in April.

Donna Smith has two children, Andrew (19) and Megan (20). Andrew was born with spina bifida, a defect that did not allow his spine and spinal cord to form properly, which led to paralysis. House No. 17 is fully handicap accessible, giving Andrew a new level of independence
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