Nick Saban’s Kids Foundation dedicate 18th Habitat for Humanity home

Nick’s Kids Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa are now officially 18 for 18.

Nick and Terry Saban, Habitat officials and others gathered on Pine Street Thursday to dedicate a new home to Joselyn Hamner, her 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter.

“It means a lot to us to be able to give something back to the community,” said Nick Saban. “To help someone in the community have a better quality of life so that their children have a better home. These are all things that are very important to Miss Terry and me. ”

It’s a tradition rooted in the University of Alabama soccer success: At each UA national championship, the Saban family charity leads the construction of a new habitat home for a select family.

The tradition began in 2011 after a massive tornado devastated Tuscaloosa, causing the foundation to build 13 habitat houses for every football title UA earned at the time.

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When Alabama won its 18th championship by beating Ohio State for the 2020 college football title, Hamner’s family was selected to receive the 18th Habitat home.

Hamner works in the Environmental Services Department at the University of Alabama. A press release from Habitat said Hamner was on the forefront of the pandemic and helped protect the student athletes, coaches, faculties, staff and other students.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Habitat house was built primarily with volunteers, including Nick Saban and a team of UA soccer players, who installed doors, cut and installed shoe moldings, and prepared outside beds for landscaping. Terry Saban and the wives of the other UA soccer coaches did the landscaping.

Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, in partnership with Nick's Kids Foundation, inaugurated the 18th house built by the foundation to commemorate the University of Alabama's 18th National Championship on Thursday, September 2, 2021.  Terry and Nick Saban present the key to new homeowner Joselyn Hamner as she prepares to cut the ribbon to enter her new home. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Hamner worked more than 250 hours during the construction and will buy the house at its appraised value through a mortgage with 0% interest and a 30-year term.

She thanked the Sabans and Habitat for Humanity on Thursday for making it possible.

“It’s a blessing for me to be a homeowner,” said Hamner.

The new Habitat House has benefited from a variety of local volunteer work, including public school students, businesses, and nonprofit groups.

Students from the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy helped frame the house and plan the electrical wiring. .

“I think that has now become even more important,” said Nick Saban. “Now we are involved in the education program where people are trying to develop careers. You can take the opportunity to work on this house to improve their careers and find employment in the future. It really makes us feel , “It’s good that we can do such a thing and give something back to the community that is helpful to another family.”

High Socks for Hope, the nonprofit founded by Major League Baseball player and native Tuscaloosa David Robertson and his wife, Erin, helped furnish the Hamner’s home with kitchen and bathroom accessories.

Nick Saban hands the new homeowner Joselyn Hamner a hand-signed soccer ball.  Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, in partnership with Nick's Kids Foundation, inaugurated the 18th house built by the foundation to commemorate the University of Alabama’s 18th National Championship on Thursday, September 2, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

GAF Construction supplied the roofing material, while Wheat’s Carpet One donated and laid the flooring. Barringer Tree Service helped by removing a tree.

The First Presbyterian Church has worked with the West Alabama Food Bank to stock pantries, refrigerators and freezers with groceries.

The Literacy Council of West Alabama provided books to the Hamner family, and Martinrea Corp. raised money to build a privacy fence to be installed later this month.

“My father always said, ‘No man is as tall as when he bends down to hold a child,'” said Nick Saban. “That’s just an indication.”

Sports journalist Nick Kelly contributed to this report.

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