Allstate Sugar Bowl’s sports awards show to air multiple times on local TV
NEW ORLEANS – The Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Sports Awards Committee has produced a two-hour television broadcast to recognize the Class of 2021 of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame as well as the best amateur athletes in the region. The show will debut on Saturday, August 7 at 3:30 p.m. on Cox Sports Television and then will be re-broadcast on Cox Sports TV and WLAE-TV 32.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl’s annual awards program recognized 18 individuals and two teams for their outstanding accomplishments on and off the field in 2019-20 as well as five members of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 at the annual banquet which was held July 24. Each of the award winners are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee.
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Inductee: Les Bonano, Boxing
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Inductee: Bernard Griffith, Basketball
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Inductee: Joanne Skertich, Volleyball
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Inductee: Reggie Wayne, Football
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Inductee: Frank Wills, Baseball
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Coach of the Year, New Orleans: Gerald Lewis, St. Augustine Basketball
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Coach of the Year, New Orleans: Julie Ibieta, Metairie Park Country Day Volleyball
Outstanding Female Amateur Athlete, New Orleans: Kristen Nuss, LSU Beach Volleyball
Outstanding Male Amateur Athlete, New Orleans: Jared Butler, Baylor Basketball
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Team, New Orleans: McMain High School Basketball
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Team, New Orleans: Dominican Volleyball
Outstanding Collegiate Coach, Louisiana: Dennis Shaver, LSU Track & Field
Greater New Orleans Amateur Athletes of the Month
June, 2020: Ron Franklin (American Legion Baseball)
July, 2020: Brayden Caskey (American Legion Baseball)
August, 2020: Jacob and Evan Frost (Bayou Elite Wrestling Club)
September, 2020: Cameron Carroll (Tulane University Football)
October, 2020: Gage Larvadain (Riverside Academy Football)
November, 2020: AJ Samuel (Edna Karr High School Football)
December, 2020: Mandel Eugene (St. Charles Catholic High School Football)
January, 2021: Jared Butler (Baylor University Basketball)
February, 2021: Jacob and Evan Frost (Holy Cross School Wrestling)
March, 2021: Stafford Agee (Holy Cross School Powerlifting)
April, 2021: Jared Butler (Baylor University Basketball)
May, 2021: Zack Casebonne (Jesuit High School Baseball)
The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee began in 1957 when James Collins spearheaded a group of sports journalists to form a sports awards committee to immortalize local sports history. For 13 years, the committee honored local athletes each month. In 1970, the Sugar Bowl stepped in to sponsor and revitalize the committee, leading to the creation of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, honoring 10 legends from the Crescent City in its first induction class. While adding the responsibility of selecting Hall of Famers, the committee has continued to recognize the top amateur athlete in the Greater New Orleans area each month – the honors enter their 65th year in 2021. To be eligible, an athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 99 Hall of Fame players, 51 Hall of Fame coaches and 19 Heisman Trophy winners in its 87-year history. The 88th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will feature top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, is scheduled to be played on January 1, 2022. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards, scholarships and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors thousands of student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.7 billion into the local economy in the last decade.
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