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Allstate Sugar Bowl To Sponsor Louisiana High School Athletic Association Championships
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Allstate Sugar Bowl, one of the premier college football bowl games in the country, is taking on title sponsorship of the championships held by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. The partnership between two of the oldest and most prominent amateur athletic organizations in the state was announced at a Thursday press conference in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"The LHSAA is very excited to partner with the Allstate Sugar Bowl in our high school state championship event series for the next six years," said Kenny Henderson, LHSAA executive director. "We are sincerely appreciative of the bowl's unprecedented contribution to our organization and thank them for their title sponsorship of LHSAA state championship events. In doing so, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will join the LHSAA in recognizing and supporting our student-athletes who participate in the highest level of high school sports throughout Louisiana."
"The Sugar Bowl Committee has always believed in and supported high school athletics in Louisiana, so we couldn't be happier to partner with the LHSAA on this venture," said Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan. "The core mission and value sets of the two organizations align so neatly, that it's just natural for us to work together. We look forward to supporting the development of young people in our state through athletic competition at the highest level."
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has been involved in the sponsorship of many LHSAA championship events in the past, including baseball, football, soccer, swimming and tennis. The Bowl sponsored the LHSAA Football Championships from 2000-2005.
In addition to high school events, the Allstate Sugar Bowl is involved in numerous amateur sporting events at the collegiate, AAU and youth levels. All of these activities serve the organization's original mission of generating tourism for the region through athletics. To that end, Bowl events last year generated $250.48 million in economic impact for the region, and over the last decade have created over $2 billion in impact, producing nearly $170 million in direct tax revenue for New Orleans and Louisiana. With the new LHSAA arrangement, the Sugar Bowl Committee now sponsors or administers 42 annual events, all of which will play a role in driving economic benefit for the city and state.
The LHSAA was created in 1920 when a group of high school principals met in Baton Rouge to discuss ways to regulate and develop interscholastic high school sports. While the LHSAA is run by a full time staff, the association is comprised of the principals of the member schools. Those principals are the ones who create the rules and regulations that are then enforced by the LHSAA administration. The LHSAA has remained a voluntary organization that doesn't receive government funding, but through member fees, sponsorships and event revenue, exists as the governing body of Louisiana high school sports.
Since inception, the LHSAA has grown to include approximately 389 schools, regulating approximately 82,000 student-athletes, 8,000 coaches and 5,000 officials each year. The classifications have grown as well, and the organization now has seven total classifications (5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, B and C). Schools are reclassified every two years based on the total student enrollment in grades 9 through 12, as determined by the Louisiana State Department of Education, as of October 1 of the current school year.
The first state events sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the new LHSAA arrangement will take place in November with the championships for boys and girls cross country, boys and girls swimming and girls volleyball.
Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Championships
Volleyball (Girls): November
Cross Country (Boys & Girls): November
Swimming (Boys & Girls): November
Football (Boys): December
Wrestling (Boys): February
Indoor Track (Boys & Girls): February
Basketball (Boys & Girls): March
Powerlifting (Boys & Girls): March
Bowling (Boys & Girls): April
Softball (Girls): May
Gymnastics (Boys & Girls): May
Golf (Boys & Girls): May
Tennis (Boys & Girls): May
Outdoor Track (Boys & Girls): May
Baseball (Boys): May
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will host one of the first College Football Playoff Semifinals in history on January 1, 2015. The game, the 81st edition of the Sugar Bowl, will feature either the No. 1 vs. No. 4 teams in the nation or the No. 2 vs. No. 3 teams. The winner will advance to play in the first College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
About the LHSAA
The LHSAA is a private entity that provides and regulates education-based athletic programs that promote fair and equitable competition among its member schools that is in the best interest of the student-athlete. Learn more on the association's website at www.LHSAA.org or to connect via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more.
About the Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier bowl games in the country, having hosted 23 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 80-year history. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 13,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.