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(Hendersonville, Tenn. – February 6th, 2012) Every year, the Grant Teaff “Breaking the Silence” 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. On January 10th, JFI was honored to present the University of Alabama’s Head Football Coach, Nick Saban, with the award. Not only is he seen as a winner on the championship field, but his efforts in youth suicide prevention and awareness are remarkable and highly valued by The Jason Foundation. Saban also won the BCS Championship this very same week.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for our nation’s youth, ages 10-24, representing the age group that AFCA Coaches have the opportunity to impact, and that’s why Saban first got 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,” said Saban in regards to his receiving the award.
Clark Flatt, JFI President/CEO 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.”
Coach Saban has spoken at numerous affiliate office opening receptions for JFI, as well as participated in public service announcements.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
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So Saban ain't quite the SOB the Barners and the AJC thinks he is, huh?
Can't believe this isn't getting more play.
Way to go Coach.
This makes me as proud as winning the NC. Coach Saban is a remarkable human being. Congrats coach.
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."-
AJC, Al.com, etc. cannot waste time on a positive story like that. Saban is mean. Remember, he asked a couple of guys to come in a few months late for their scholarship.
"Don't choose a permanent solution to a temporary problem."
That's what is preached in suicide prevention coupled with substance abuse help.
Really glad to see Coach Saban donate his time to this very real problem.
So proud what this man represents to our fine University.
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