TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (Alabama Athletics) – Alabama head football coach and West Virginia native Nick Saban is asking that football coaches from across Alabama come together to help the football teams in the West Virginia communities devastated by recent flooding.
Saban, along with the Alabama High School Athletics Directors and Coaches Association, is asking high schools from across the state of Alabama to do their small part to help so many high school football programs affected by this tragedy by donating a full uniform. Many of these high schools will not be able to field football teams this fall without help.
"Football was such an important part of my childhood in West Virginia, and to see the devastation the flooding has caused, and how it has threatened so many high school football teams, we wanted to find a way to help," Saban said. "We are asking each high school from across the state to donate a full uniform to help these schools get their kids back on the football field this season."
Many of the West Virginia high schools affected by this flooding are in need of all types of football pads and uniforms. High schools making donations are being asked to provide one uniform, including helmet, a pair of shoulder pads, two knee pads, two thigh pads, a girdle, practice pants, practice jersey and one pair of cleats. Small and medium sizes are in the most need, but large will also be accepted.
The Alabama football program will collect all of these uniforms by July 25 so they can be transported to West Virginia. Those wishing to help can send their donations to: Mal Moore Athletic Complex, Attn: Jeff Springer, 323 Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
Former Alabama assistant coach and the Tide's current NFL Liaison Joe Pendry is also a West Virginia native.