Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Sports Awards Show to air on Cox Sports TV starting Wednesday
Five Hall of Famers and the Best Athletes in the Region Will Be Featured Eight Times in September
NEW ORLEANS – The Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Sports Awards Committee has produced a one-hour television broadcast to recognize the Class of 2020 of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame as well as the best amateur athletes in the region. The show will debut this Wednesday, September 2 on Cox Sports Television and then will be re-broadcast seven times throughout the month of September.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl’s annual awards program has recognized 19 individuals and four 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 2020. Each of the award winners are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee.
James J. Corbett Awards – Top Amateur Athletes in Louisiana
Female: Tonea Marshall, LSU Track & Field
Male: Joe Burrow, LSU Football
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Inductees
Perry Clark, Tulane Basketball
Tim Floyd, UNO Basketball
Rick Jones, Tulane Baseball
Craig Perret, Horse Racing
Ashley Tappin-Doussan, Swimming
Keeshawn Davenport, UNO Basketball
Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints
Eastbank Little League, Baseball & Softball
June, 2019: Nick Lorio, Pedal Valves Cardinals Legion Baseball
July, 2019: Raven Nunnery, John Curtis Christian Track
August, 2019: Reece Roussel, Eastbank Little League Baseball
September, 2019: Christian Westcott, Lakeshore High School Football
October, 2019: Angela Charles-Alfred, Xavier University Tennis
November, 2019: Ja’Marr Chase, LSU Football
December, 2019: Donovan Kaufman, Archbishop Rummel Football
January, 2020: Jared Butler, Baylor University Basketball
February, 2020: Braden Olthoff, Tulane University Baseball
March, 2020: William Loyd, Xavier University Basketball
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 – 2020 marks the 64th year of the program. 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, 96 Hall of Fame players, 50 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 86-year history. The 87th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, is scheduled to be played on January 1, 2021. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.7 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.
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