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NFF Scholar-Athlete Luncheon
April 12, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of FameIn January of 2000, the Sugar Bowl Committee took over the title sponsorship of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Included in the Bowl’s sponsorship of the chapter is the administration of an annual awards banquet held each spring to honor deserving high school football scholar athletes from the metropolitan area. Since 2000, the Sugar Bowl has recognized nearly 400 student-athletes while distributing over $310,000 in scholarship money. Sugar Bowl Member Archie Manning is the national chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. To become a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, please click here.
The 2017 Scholar-Athlete Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 12.
Thirty-seven local high school football players were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and on the football field at the 2016 NFF Scholar-Athlete Luncheon. The honorees were chosen from a group of nominated talented scholar athletes from the New Orleans area. Archie Manning, the national chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, recognized each of the 37 student athletes at the event.
From that group of 37, six were selected to receive Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarships for $10,000 each. The scholarship winners were chosen based on essays submitted after being notified of their selection as scholar-athletes.The six scholarship winners were Nathan Faciane (Lakeshore High School), Chase Jenkins (Northlake Christian School), Victor Quinonez (Brother Martin High School), McColl Simons (Metairie Park Country Day School), William “Briggs” Simpson (St Paul’s School) and Alex Smith (L.W. Higgins High School). Carey Wicker, the President of the Sugar Bowl Committee, recapped their accomplishments and referenced their winning essays prior to presenting each scholarship winner with a commemorative check.
In addition to the high school honorees, two local businessmen will be recognized for their contributions to the community and the sport of football.