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

Nathan Law

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 Thursday on Pine Street to dedicate a new home for Joselyn Hamner, her 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. “It means a lot to us to be able to […]

Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa in partnership with the Nick's Kids Foundation dedicated the 18th house built by the foundation in commemoration of the University of Alabama's 18th National Championship Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Nick Saban congratulates new homeowner Joselyn Hamner and her son, Jayceon Loggins in the dining area of their new home. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

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 Thursday on Pine Street to dedicate a new home for Joselyn Hamner, her 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter.

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

It’s a tradition rooted in the University of Alabama’s football success: For each UA national championship, the Saban family charity spearheads the building of a new Habitat home for a selected family.

The tradition began in 2011 after a massive tornado devastated Tuscaloosa, leading the foundation to build 13 Habitat homes for each football title UA had earned at the time.    

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

Hamner works in the University of Alabama’s Environmental Services department. A news release from Habitat says Hamner has been on the front lines of the pandemic, helping to keep the student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and other students safe.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Habitat home was built primarily with volunteers, including  Nick Saban and a team of  UA football players who installed doors, cut and installed shoe moulding and prepared exterior landscaping beds. Terry Saban and the other UA football coaches’ wives provided landscaping.

Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa in partnership with the Nick's Kids Foundation dedicated the 18th house built by the foundation in commemoration of the University of Alabama's 18th National Championship Thursday, Sept. 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 contributed more than 250 hours of work during construction and will purchase the home at the appraised value through a 0% interest, 30-year mortgage.

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

“For me to become a homeowner is such a blessing,” Hamner said. 

The new Habitat home has benefited from a host of local volunteer efforts, which  included public school students, businesses and charitable groups.

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