The Allstate Sugar Bowl has been involved with providing learning opportunities and supporting clinics in many sports, including football, for many years. This past summer, the Sugar Bowl once again teamed up with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl to host and sponsor a Cheer and Football Clinic on Saturday, July 22 in New Orleans East.
The clinic was held at the Joe Brown Park football field and was free for all kids ages 5-14. The Cheer and Football Clinic featured coaches and student-athletes from area high schools and colleges, including Tulane head football coach Willie Fritz, who welcomed the young athletes with an introductory speech. Former members of the Saints and Pelicans dance teams coordinated the cheerleading aspect of the event.
After being welcomed to the event with a basic breakfast, the aspiring football players received instruction on football-related actives and drills, while cheer clinic participants learned cheerleading basics and routines which contributed to an end-of-the-day performance. Approximately 400 young athletes took part in the day’s activities.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl initially joined with the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and NCAA Football’s Youth Initiative in 2007 to sponsor a free football clinic in New Orleans. The NCAA Football Youth Initiative made a $750,000 commitment to help re-build the Katrina-devastated New Orleans Recreation Department’s youth football league in the form of clinics for coaches, players and officials; uniforms; balls; equipment; and the NORD postseason banquet, which is held annually in December.
The local bowl games have continued hosting free youth clinics on an annual basis.