Nick Saban has a very powerful ally in the call to help their beloved home state.
Alabama announced in a press release Thursday that Saban is asking coaches across the state of Alabama to help the communities devastated by the flooding. Specifically, Saban, who was born and raised in Fairmont, WV, is asking that high schools in the state donate full football uniforms as part of the relief effort.
In a letter sent to every high school football coach in the state of Florida earlier this week, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, a native of Clarksburg, WV, asked that each school “donate one full uniform to help these programs get back on their feet.” Because of the damage sustained in some communities during the historic storms that slammed into the state late last month and killed 23 people, high schools in several counties likely won’t be able to field teams this fall without help from outside.
“We have all seen how athletics can help heal and rebuild communities that have suffered through a tragedy,” Fisher wrote. “Thank you so much for your help and anything you can do to assist high school football programs in West Virginia.”
Fisher, Saban and FSU assistant Rick Trickett, a Masontown, WV, native and father of former WVU quarterback Clint Trickett, are all in Clay County Saturday helping with relief efforts. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is also expected to be in attendance at an event that will announce the donated football items.
Also, if you’d like to donate to the relief effort outside of football, check out any of the following links: Red Cross; the local chapter of United Way; the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster; the Greenbrier resort; Save the Children; and other local groups.
Some very good people could certainly use any and all of the help they can get.
Below is the complete text of Fisher’s letter to Florida’s high school football community: