Mobile, Ala. (April 11, 2017) – With the year 2007 marking its "first annual," Mobile-based Team Focus is pleased to celebrate its tenth year to host its annual fundraiser event "A Night with Nick Saban" on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The evening will include a silent auction featuring numerous signed sports memorabilia. Team Focus founder Mike Gottfried will speak and introduce Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban who will speak with attendees.
This special event is the sole fundraiser for the non-profit Team Focus and takes place at the Mobile Convention Center. It will begin with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Sponsorships are available starting at $5,000. Individual tickets are $75. A table for ten is $750.
The event was originally called "Dinner with Nick." Picture archives over the past ten years include Laura Bush, Scott Hunter, Nick Saban and Mike Gottfried.
"Team Focus is honored to celebrate the 10th annual banquet with Coach Saban. He has blessed us beyond measure. He has helped us raise awareness and finances to reach more fatherless young men."
To purchase tickets, and to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at the event, contact the Team Focus office at 251.635.1515 or visit teamfocususa.org.
Congratulatory quotes from past Team Focus Night with Nick Saban event honorees:
"Heartfelt thanks to Coach Saban for making Team Focus one of his top priorities over the past decade.
When Coach Gottfried and Mickey brought Team Focus to life back in 2001, it would have been hard to imagine how many young lives would be changed-for the positive-because of this wonderful ministry. Team Focus has truly been a game changer for so many young men. Since its inception, it has filled a void that other programs have failed to do by recognizing what is truly missing in these young lives and finding the right people to help fill that emptiness.
Throughout the years, I’ve met young soldiers, graduate students and young professionals – all who are alumni of Team Focus. They are quick to give credit for helping change their lives to Coach Gottfried, Mickey and the entire Team Focus family – along with, naturally, the Good Lord. Team Focus isn’t just another program; it is truly a blessing.
Congratulations on ten years of A Night with Nick Saban!" – Jo Bonner, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, The University of Alabama System, Member of Congress (2003-2013)
"Congratulations Team Focus – Night with Saban event on the Butterfly Effect you began ten years ago. The numbers of lives you have changed is making a difference in our world today!" – Andy Andrews
"What Mike and Mickey have done with Team Focus to help over 3,000 fatherless children since 2001 I think is a pretty significant accomplishment…to provide guidance and leadership to help young people have a better chance to be successful in life" – Coach Nick Saban
ABOUT TEAM FOCUS
Named Mobilian of the Year in 2010, Mike Gottfried drew from his own life experiences when he and his wife, Mickey, founded the faith-based Team Focus in 2000. He has over 13 years of experience as a college football head coach and has also served as a college football analyst for ESPN.
Team Focus is rooted in utilizing leadership skills, Christian values, guidance and continual relationships to reach young men aged 10-18 that lack a father figure in their lives. This community-centered program focuses on positive influences and role models – including high-profile, nationally-recognized collegiate and professional athletes and coaches – to reach these young men through individual mentoring, tutoring, monthly social activities, leadership camps and scholarship opportunities. Headquartered in Mobile, Ala., Team Focus has six chapter locations across the United States. Since its inception, the organization has impacted the lives of more than 3,700 young men throughout the U.S. For more information, call 251.635.1515 or visit teamfocususa.org.
ABOUT COACH NICK SABAN
A man of vision who has a proven record of championship success, head coach Nick Saban has returned the University of Alabama to the top of the college football landscape with his commitment to building the total program. After the victory over Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Saban joined Paul "Bear" Bryant as the only two coaches to win five national titles in the modern era.
Beginning his 11th season in Tuscaloosa, Saban’s uncompromising dedication to excellence in every phase of the program has resulted four national championships over the last seven years. A seven-time National Coach of the Year, Saban has achieved resounding success as a head coach and has earned a reputation as an outstanding tactician, leader, organizer and motivator. Those qualities have sparked impressive turnarounds at every stop of his career. Saban’s consistent approach and disciplined leadership are the reasons his teams are known for exhibiting grit, determination and resilience, often overcoming adversity to achieve victory.