April to be Highlighted by Seven Allstate Sugar Bowl Events park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will sponsor seven of its 50-plus annual events in April. Sugar Bowl events support over 25,000 young athletes in the state on a yearly basis. The April events include four Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Championships, the honors luncheon for the New Orleans Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic and the Class 5A Region 3 High School Tennis Championships. Through all of the Sugar Bowl's activities, it has injected over $2.5 billion into the local and regional economies in the past decade.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Championships for bowling (April 7, Baton Rouge, La.), tennis (April 24-28, Monroe, La.), gymnastics (April 28-29, Baton Rouge) and softball (April 28-29, Sulphur, La.) will give the bowl the opportunity to recognize still more high school student-athletes and schools as champions. Since taking over sponsorship of the LHSAA in 2014, the Allstate Sugar Bowl has recognized 322 team champions from 130 different schools.
The annual honors luncheon for the New Orleans Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, will be Wednesday, April 12 in the Superdome. Over 30 local high school football players will be recognized for their academic achievements and multiple $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to deserving young men. In addition, the Distinguished American award and the Contributions to Amateur Football award will be presented at the event.
On April 15, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic will be run on the streets of New Orleans. The annual 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) road race is expected to welcome over 25,000 participants, including some of the elite 10K runners in the world. The course begins in Downtown New Orleans in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, runs participants through the French Quarter, and then all the way up beautiful Esplanade Avenue to New Orleans City Park.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 92 Hall of Fame players, 48 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 83-year history. The 84th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, will be played on January 1, 2018. 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 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.