The Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation has announced Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban will be the featured speaker at the AHSAA Super Six Kickoff Dinner sponsored by The West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, Wintzell's Oyster House and Ellis Architects beginning at 6 p.m. December 2, 2009 at "The Zone" in Bryant Denny Stadium. The dinner is in conjunction with Super Six High School Football Championships that will be held at Bryant-Denny Stadium December 3-4, 2009 for the AHSAA Coaches and Representatives of the Association.
The Kickoff banquet comes on the heels of the Baumhower's Wings Sports Grill "Coaches Welcome Reception" earlier in the day at the Bryant Museum and followed by members of the University of Alabama Coaching staff holding a "Coaches Chalk Talk" in the Zone and Recruiting Room for the more than 450 coaches expected to be in attendance.
The final hospitality function on December 3 concludes with the Baumhowers's "Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coaches Breakfast" beginning at 8AM in the Zone with a guest speaker to be named.
"Coach Saban's presence at this event projects the significance he places on the AHSAA Championships, its coaches and Tuscaloosa. His speech is expected to generate a record of statewide coaches converging into Tuscaloosa as well as those attending the "Coaches Chalk Talk" immediately following. "The AHSAA, Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation and our community leaders are indebted to Coach Saban and his staff for supporting the event which in turn helps create excitement, exposure and economic stimulus" said Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation Don Staley.
The Super 6 championships, moved from Birmingham's Legion Field to a rotation between Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn beginning this December, will be played Dec. 3-4 with three games each day. Since the Super 6 inception in 1996, the championship series had been played over three days with two games per day.
The six state championship games will be played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2009 with the Class 3A finals set for 11 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 3, followed by the Class 1A finals at 3 p.m., and the Class 5A finals at 7. Friday's schedule on Dec. 4 will feature the Class 4A finals at 11 a.m., the Class 2A finals at 3 p.m., and the Class 6A finals at 7.
The Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation began operation in June of 2008. One of the cornerstones of the foundation's mission was to bring the AHSAA Super Six Championships to the Tuscaloosa. For information on the AHSAA Super Six football championships at Bryant-Denny Stadium or the Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation, go to tuscaloosasportsfoundation.org and super6al.com.