Allstate Sugar Bowl Educational Support

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has been a strong supporter of education since its inception in 1934. Throughout its existence, the Bowl has contributed millions of dollars to the participating schools, and/or the conferences of the schools.

The Bowl also makes a direct impact on young local students through a variety of scholarship opportunities while providing significant funding to Teach For America New Orleans. In addition, the Sugar Bowl works with the Science of Sport to support teacher training and with the Sun Belt Conference to provide educational experiences in conjunction with the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

Allstate Sugar Bowl & Extra Yard for Teachers

The Allstate Sugar Bowl spearheaded New Orleans’ bid effort for the 2020 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship and was also the leader of the host committee. A major focus of the host committee’s efforts has been the support of teachers. In conjunction with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s Extra Yard For Teachers initiative, the Bowl is an integral part of a multimillion-dollar partnership which focuses on recruiting and retaining quality teachers for New Orleans Public Schools. The partnership, with a major assist from Entergy, also coordinates an unprecedented effort to give much-deserved recognition to teachers in the region. All 87 New Orleans public schools were visited for teacher-recognition lunches, a free celebratory event was hosted for over 500 teachers at Rock ‘N’ Bowl and teachers received free access to other events, including a Tulane football game, a 5K road race and a teacher “summit” held in conjunction with the 2020 CFP National Championship in New Orleans.

For The Teachers – Game Program Feature Story

Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarships

Photo by Melissa Stoltz.

Allstate Sugar Bowl NFF Scholar-Athlete Scholarships
Four $20,000 Scholarships

Each spring, the Allstate Sugar Bowl recognizes top football scholar-athletes from the Greater New Orleans area as part of its sponsorship of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Young men are nominated by their coaches and guidance counselors to be honored at the annual luncheon. After being notified of their selection as an Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholar-Athlete, honorees have the opportunity to submit an essay to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee stating why they are deserving of one of the prestigious Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarships.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Women in Sport Scholarships
Four $5,000 Scholarships

The Allstate Sugar Bowl partners with the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee to recognize outstanding female student-athletes in the New Orleans area. The scholarships are presented to the deserving young women as part of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame/Corbett Awards Banquet in early August.

Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Scholarships
Ten $1,500 Scholarships

Through its sponsorship of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), the Allstate Sugar Bowl awards ten $1,500 scholarships on an annual basis to student-athletes who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA and at least a 24 ACT score. Applicants submit their information to the LHSAA which then chooses the winners. Each applicant must show ample evidence that he/she is capable of succeeding at the college level (must send a copy of the high school transcript, GPA, rank in class, ACT, or SAT scores). There will be no discrimination as to sex, race, creed or nationality. These scholarships, in addition to other grants or financial aid such as scholarships, loans, grants or work-study cannot exceed the total cost of the educational expenses for one school year.

Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Scholarship Winners

Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Scholarships
Four $2,500 Scholarships

The Allstate Sugar Bowl is the title sponsor of the Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Championship each December. The event is put on by the Kelly Gibson Foundation, which awards multiple scholarships to Kelly Gibson Junior Golf Tour members at its annual banquet in the summer. Twenty-seven scholarships were awarded in the summer of 2017 with four of those being Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarships.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Scholarship Winners

Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Basketball Classic Scholarships
Selected basketball players participating in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic are presented with $1500 scholarships (four in 2018).

Read to the Final Four

The Allstate Sugar Bowl is a key part of the local organizing committee for the 2020 NCAA Women’s Final Four in New Orleans. The “Read to the Final Four” program is designed with four key goals in mind:

  • Assist schools with their literacy efforts by leveraging the NCAA Team Works brand to create an exciting competition with incentives to promote literacy and higher education

  • Expand classroom and school libraries through donations

  • Expose children to NCAA athletics and create opportunities to attend collegiate events

  • Increase students’ daily reading minutes through competitions and prizes

Schools are ranked on a weekly basis on the average number of minutes read per school. The Final Four schools (top four scoring schools) from Orleans & Jefferson Parish school districts will be invited on a field trip to Tourney Town, presented by Capital One at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where the overall winners will be announced. Tourney Town is a festival jam-packed with special appearances, autograph signings, interactive games, giveaways, basketball contests and more.

Teach For America New Orleans

For the past three years, the Allstate Sugar Bowl has made a $100,000 donation to Teach For America in New Orleans, an amount that has been matched by the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation.

“The Sugar Bowl Committee is proud to partner with the College Football Playoff in making an investment in the educations of New Orleans’ young people,” said Stanley Cohn, the 2017-18 President of the Sugar Bowl Committee. “Every boy and girl, regardless of economics, deserves the chance to learn in a positive environment. We hope our donation will enable Teach For America to enhance the great work its already doing in New Orleans.”

Teach For America works with local communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty. Teach For America has three components to its approach: to enlist diverse individuals to become teachers and life-long advocates in low-income communities; to train members of its teaching corps to be effective leaders in the classroom; and to mobilize as many individuals as possible to strengthen the movement for educational excellence.

The donation to Teach For America will augment the efforts to strengthen education in low-income areas of the city.

Science of Sport

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has partnered with Science of Sport in recent years to host various Teacher Training programs. These programs introduce a custom Science of Football curriculum that incorporates football and the history and statistics of the Sugar Bowl into year-round lesson plans.

The next event is scheduled for Thursday, October 3 from 3:30-7:30 p.m., in the Superdome. Thirty area teachers representing 4th through 8th grades are schedule to attend and will also receive a Classroom Kit which includes tools to use in the classroom that coordinate with the lesson plans.

“The Allstate Sugar Bowl is proud to again partner with Science of Sport,” said Allstate Sugar Bowl chief executive officer Jeff Hundley. “This program is one of the Sugar Bowl Committee’s priority initiatives to support education in the New Orleans area, and we like the way Science of Sport has developed a curriculum that allows teachers to utilize football-related lessons to better engage and educate young students.”

The Science of Sport is a non-profit foundation dedicated to developing curriculum and programming that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Their programs are designed to bring math and science to life through hands-on learning by providing engaging programs for students and teachers.

The Science of Sport has developed football related lesson plans that provide a mechanism for elementary and middle school students to improve their academic performance. Their goal is to translate the love of football into an appreciation, understanding, and passion of the science and mathematics underlying the sport.

Sun Belt Basketball STEM Field Trips

Elementary and middle school students across the New Orleans metro area have the opportunity to learn about the intricacies of basketball in a unique and thought-provoking way when the Sun Belt Conference and the Allstate Sugar Bowl host a series of field trips in conjunction with the Sun Belt Basketball Tournament presented by First Bank and Trust at Lakefront Arena.

With guidance from Science of Sport, a non-profit dedicated to developing curriculum promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), field trips are held daily during the Sun Belt Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.

Students start by learning about basketball positions, the geometry of the court, the physics behind shooting, as well as understanding how nutrition and hydration impact performance. After the educational sessions are completed, students take in a game of the Sun Belt Basketball Tournament.

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