Nick’s Kids awards grant to Children’s Center


Pictured with Coach and Mrs. Saban, are (from left) Aleyda Villegas, Blount County Children’s Center Family Services Specialist, Evaly and Edrick Gonzalez (Aleyda’s children), and Juan Gonzalez (her husband). -Blount County Children’s Center

Pictured with Coach and Mrs. Saban, are (from left) Aleyda Villegas, Blount County Children’s Center Family Services Specialist, Evaly and Edrick Gonzalez (Aleyda’s children), and Juan Gonzalez (her husband). -Blount County Children’s Center

For the ninth year in a row, the Blount County Children’s Center has been awarded a grant from the Nick’s Kids Foundation. This year’s grant totaled $2,000 and will be used for operational costs to further the center’s mission to prevent child abuse, help victims, and strengthen families.

According to director Jim Ed Clayton, Nick and Terry Saban host a luncheon at The University of Alabama and invite all grant recipients. While the recipients can bring along two or three client children, the Children’s Center chooses to send a staff member or board member, along with their children or friend’s children, as they wish to maintain client confidentiality. One note of interest is NCAA recruiting rules prohibit recipients from sending any children over the age of 13.

Full Moon BBQ and Edgar’s Bakery catered the luncheon, attended by many football players, cheerleaders, and Big Al. Each child was given a team poster. The Sabans posed for pictures with each group, and they, along with football players, autographed items for the children.

Nick’s Kids is the official foundation established by Coach and Mrs. Saban in 1998. They created the Tuscaloosa chapter when they arrived in Tuscaloosa 12 years ago. Approximately $8 million has been given to more than 300 charities and organizations since its inception.

Coach Saban said on rolltide.com, “Today has a lot of the things I enjoy most. First of all, we have camp starting. The players are reporting today and we look forward to that challenge. It’s always accompanied by the Nick’s Kids luncheon. Miss Terry and all the people in the organization who support Nick’s Kids work so hard to help these young kids have a better opportunity to be successful in life and have a better quality of life. As you all know, this is all about my dad and the legacy of what he tried to do. Hopefully he’d be proud of what we’re doing here today.”