The Nick's Kids luncheon, a yearly event put on by the Nick's Kids Foundation, made its return this week after a two year hiatus due to COVID-19.

The foundation, created in 1998 while Nick Saban was serving as head coach at Michigan State, is dedicated to Nick Saban, Sr., and has provided countless opportunities to children all around the country in its near 30 years of existence.

Nick Saban - Nick's Kids Luncheon 2022
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At this year's event, the head coach spoke with the media briefly, and provided a message of support for a struggling member of the Crimson Tide family.

Saban talked about the recent news that Eli Gold will be sidelined for the first part of the 2022 season, and had this to say of the veteran broadcaster.

"Eli has done a fantastic job being the voice of our iconic brand at the University of Alabama for a long, long time," Saban said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and we certainly hope he has a speedy recovery. He's a good friend, he's been a great ambassador for the University of Alabama, and we appreciate all he's done more than you know."

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Gold began as the play-by-play announcer for the Crimson Tide in 1988 and has since served as the voice of seven national championships and eleven conference titles. He has seen the worst and the best of Alabama football, and has remained a constant for Crimson Tide fans everywhere.

Chris Stewart, a fellow Crimson Tide Sports Network broadcaster who already serves as the voice of Bama baseball and men's basketball is set to relieve Gold while he recovers.

Townsquare Media in Tuscaloosa is a proud partner of Crimson Tide Sports Network and will continue to broadcast Alabama Athletics in the 2022-23 athletic season.

Join Tide100.9 FM in wishing Gold the best as he recovers from his health issues; we hope to hear to hear the legendary broadcaster back in the booth soon.

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