T. Carey Wicker, III, Selected as 58th Sugar Bowl President park
T. Carey Wicker, III, a successful attorney and a native of New Orleans, has been named the Sugar Bowl Committee's President for the 2015-16 year. Wicker, a graduate Louisiana Tech University, earned his juris doctor degree from LSU in 1978. He is the 58th president of the organization and will oversee the bowl's first official Big 12-SEC match-up, while also focusing on over 50 other events which are hosted or sponsored by the bowl annually.
"I am truly honored to be selected to serve as the President of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee," Wicker said. "I look forward to each and every one of our events throughout the year, but in addition to that, I want to continue the work of my predecessors in serving as an ambassador for this organization as well as the city of New Orleans."
This year's 82nd edition of the Sugar Bowl Football Classic will be played on Friday, January 1, 2016. The game will feature the debut of a Big 12-SEC match-up as the champions of the two conferences will face-off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. If either or both of the champions are selected for the College Football Playoff, a top replacement from the displaced league will be selected.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will also continue its prominent position in the community by hosting and sponsoring over 50 amateur sporting events each year. Included in those events are all of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's state championships; the Crescent City Classic, a nationally-recognized road race featuring over 20,000 participants; the Manning Award, which honors college football's top quarterback; four basketball tournaments; two volleyball tournaments; two soccer sponsorships; and events in baseball, golf, bowling, cross country, lacrosse, sailing and track and field.
The Sugar Bowl Committee was founded as the New Orleans Mid-Winter Sports Association in 1934 for the purpose of promoting amateur sporting events that would stimulate tourism and have a positive economic effect on the New Orleans metropolitan area. Over the last decade, the Sugar Bowl has had an economic impact of over $2 billion for the city and state, including a $300-million-plus impact this past year.
Since being elected to the Sugar Bowl Committee in 1987, Wicker has served in several officer positions and has been involved with numerous Sugar Bowl committees. Wicker succeeds Judge Dennis Waldron, who directed the organization through the past year, which included the organization's successful hosting of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Wicker will serve with fellow officers G. Charles "Chuck" Lapeyre, President-Elect; Stanley J. Cohn, Vice-President; Roderick K. West, Treasurer; and Judge Monique Morial, Secretary. Furthermore, the Sugar Bowl's 56th President, Jay Batt, was elected Chairman of the Executive Committee, and joining the 18-member Executive Committee for 2014-15 are Walter F. Becker, Richard C. Briede and W. Scott Duggins.
Wicker has been in private practice since 1978 and has been a partner and principal of the law firm of Capitelli and Wicker since its inception in 1987. In his 35 years of litigation experience, he has developed a recognized expertise in all facets of personal injury law including highly specialized medical malpractice cases as well as product liability cases. He has received the highest professional rating available from Martindale Hubbell (AV), and his firm, Capitelli and Wicker, has been named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has also been selected as a fellow in the International Society of Barristers as well as a diplomate in the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.
Wicker is also an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the Stuart Hall School for Boys and served as its President from 2001-2003.
Wicker is the son of Thomas C. Wicker, Jr., a retired judge who served as the President of the Sugar Bowl Committee for the 1986-87 year. He is married to the former Judge Fredericka Homberg Wicker and the couple has three children, Fredericka Taylor, Thomas Carey IV and William Benjamin.