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      Nick's Kids reaches $4 million mark

      Nick and Terry Saban at the Nick's Kids Fund Luncheon in Tuscaloosa, Thursday, August 1, 2013. (abc3340.com)

      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.

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