Allstate Sugar Bowl Hosts Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl hosted its 30th annual Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday evening in the St. Charles Club at the Louisiana Superdome. Top honorees included Corbett Award winners Patrick Peterson and Kimberlyn Duncan and Hall-of-Fame inductees Javonne Brooks, Marshall Faulk and Jim McCafferty. In addition, long-time local football coach Wayne Reese was presented with the Eddie Robinson Award.
The banquet will be re-broadcast on Cox Channel 4 (on the Cox Cable systems in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette) starting Wednesday, August 3. The hour-long edited show will air five times each week through the month of August.
August Broadcast Times (Cox Channel 4):
Wednesdays @ 6:00pm
Thursdays @ 10:00am
Saturdays @ 5:00pm
Sundays @ 5:00pm
Tuesdays @ 10:00am
The Corbett Award, which now recognizes the top male and female amateur athletes in Louisiana, was created in 1967 to honor the late James J. Corbett and to commemorate his many contributions to intercollegiate athletics. This year's Corbett Awards went to Duncan and Peterson, both star athletes from Louisiana State University. Kimberlyn Duncan, of the LSU Track & Field team, was the female winner, and Patrick Peterson, from LSU's football team, earned the male honor. Duncan swept the 200-meter dash titles at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track Championships, while Peterson was recognized as the top defensive back in the nation.
The 2011 Hall of Fame class is made up of Brooks, a former star volleyball player for the University of New Orleans who was recognized as the top volleyball player in Sun Belt Conference history; Faulk, the Carver High star who went onto football greatness at San Diego State University and the NFL – he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August; and McCafferty, a legendary player, coach and administrator at Loyola University.
The Eddie Robinson Award was instituted two years ago to honor the legendary football coach from Grambling State University; it recognizes an individual who demonstrates the qualities most closely associated with Coach Robinson: outstanding achievement in athletics, academics, sportsmanship and citizenship by maximizing the use of limited resources. This year's honoree was long-time New Orleans prep football coach Wayne Reese, who coincidentally coached Faulk at Carver High School.
In addition, the banquet recognized yearly award winners in eight different categories while also honoring each of the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athletes of the Month for the past year.
Sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame was created in 1971 and has honored 203 athletes who were born in New Orleans and achieved prominence in or away from the Greater New Orleans area; or, those non-natives who achieved sports prominence in the Greater New Orleans area in high school, college, professional or amateur sports. Each year's Hall of Fame class is selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Selection Committee, a volunteer group which has met monthly to pay homage to outstanding achievements in athletics in the Greater New Orleans area for over five decades. In addition to the Hall of Fame, the committee recognizes an Amateur Athlete of the Month for the Greater New Orleans area and selects yearly winners for a variety of major awards.