Nick's Kids reaches $4 million mark

      Nick and Terry Saban at the Nick's Kids Fund Luncheon in Tuscaloosa, Thursday, August 1, 2013. (

      Nick Saban hit his first milestone before fall camp even started.

      Alabama's football coach announced that Nick's Kids Fund has raised more than $4 million since he and his wife, Terry, brought the charity to the state nearly seven years ago.

      The latest donation total is $400,000 to 115 organizations.

      "This is my favorite day of the year," Saban said. "You can see there are a lot of young people excited and having a lot of fun. Terry and I are both very committed to trying to support young people so they have a better opportunity to be successful and live a better quality life whatever their circumstance is."

      Nick's Kids Fund centers on helping children, families, teacher and student groups and organizations.

      More than $1 million of the $4 million raised have gone to tornado relief efforts, which continued this offseason by building another home for a family in need. The latest project keeps pace with the commitment to build "15 houses for 15 national championships".

      Alabama football opens fall practice on Friday morning.