MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is winning another award, this time for his efforts to prevent youth suicide. Saban was awarded the Grant Teaff "Breaking the Silence" Award.
The award is presented by The Jason Foundation (JFI) at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention to honor the coach that exceeded expectations as a National Awareness Ambassador.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for America's youth, ages 10-24, representing the age group that AFCA Coaches have the opportunity to impact. Saban first became involved in 2004.
"I am proud to accept this award for all the AFCA Coaches who have given of their time to help with The Jason Foundation's efforts. Together we make a difference, one person at a time," Saban said.
"Coach Saban continuously offers a helping hand in any way that he can to help educate people about youth suicide prevention & awareness, and he always makes time to listen," explained Clark Flatt, JFI President/CEO.
Coach Saban has spoken at numerous affiliate office opening receptions for JFI, as well as participated in public service announcements.
JFI is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting "The Silent Epidemic" of youth suicide through educational programs for young people, educators, parents, and other community groups. The organization was founded in 1997 after the tragic death of Jason Flatt, the 16-year-old son of Clark Flatt.
There are over 85 JFI affiliate offices across the country.
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