On Sunday, July 19th, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and Sun Belt Conference hosted a Cheer and Football Clinic presented by Chevron. 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 the Sun Belt Conference as well as coaches from other area schools. 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.
In addition, former New Orleans Saints standout Tyrone Hughes, who was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame this summer, spoke to the young attendees about his experiences and the lessons he has learned from the game of football.
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, welcoming the Sun Belt Conference to the event as part of its media day activities this year.