A national championship title will bring a home to a deserving family of three

Emily Enfinger
The Tuscaloosa News
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Nick and Terry Saban presented a $100,000 check to Habitat for Humanity Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, to pay for a new Habitat home at 19 Juanita Drive commemorating the 16th national championship. Terry Saban is seen in front of the home, which was still under construction. [Staff file photo]

Another national championship title for the Alabama football program also means another home for a Tuscaloosa family with children. 

Nick's Kids Foundation funded 13 Habitat for Humanity homes after an EF-4 tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa in 2011 — one home for each championship the football program had at that time. Since then, Nick and Terry Saban’s charity has funded another Habitat for Humanity home after each national championship win by UA. 

After the Crimson Tide defeated Ohio State, 52-24, for the college football title on Jan. 11, Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa announced on social media that the Hamner family will be the recipient of the 18th home funded by Nick's Kids Foundation. 

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Ellen Potts , Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa's executive director, said the family includes a mother, who works in housekeeping at the University of Alabama, and her  infant daughter and a 5-year-old son.

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The family's home will be a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house that will be built near the Maude L. Whatley Health Center and the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy (TCTA). 

Potts said Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa recently acquired five property lots in that area and is in the process of acquiring another 35. The properties will also be used to train TCTA students in the construction trades in part of TCTA's partnership with Habitat for Humanity, which Potts referred to as "Operation Transformation."

The Hamner family home will be the first home built in the TCTA-Habitat for Humanity partnership. The home will also be a smart home, in which the lights and thermostat will be able to be controlled via iPad.

Construction of the Hamner family home is expected to begin sometime in the next few months.

Nick's Kids Foundation is the official charity of the Saban family. The foundation was established in 1998 by Nick and Terry Saban during their time at Michigan State University in honor of Nick Saban Sr., according to its website. The Sabans have continued to maintain and support the charity throughout their stints with Louisiana State University, the Miami Dolphins and the University of Alabama. 

University of Alabama football coaches wives pose for a group photo during a pause in work on the landscaping at Habitat For Humanity and Nick's Kids 17th National Championship house on Juanita Drive, April 24, 2018.  [Gary Cosby Jr./Staff Photo]

Emily Enfinger is a reporter for The Tuscaloosa News. Follow her on Twitter at @EmilyEnfinger.

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