The Allstate Sugar Bowl and the NCAA Football Youth Initiative

NCAA Football's Youth Initiative began in New Orleans in 2007 as NCAA Football partnered with the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Through this program, NCAA Football strives to attract more youth participants to the game, provide them with additional motivation to pursue higher education opportunities, help them develop the necessary skills to be successful on and off the field, and help to establish a new base of lifelong NCAA Football fans.

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Since the first youth clinic in 2007, the clinic in New Orleans has continued to grow while NCAA Football Youth now sponsors 22 similar clinics around the country.

The 2013 New Orleans clinic was held on Wednesday, July 24, at Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East. Participants enjoyed an introduction from coaches from Nicholls State University, Mississippi Valley State, Southeastern Louisiana and Tulane University before engaging in on-field agility drills, offensive and defensive training, and off-field character development.

Youth Clinic Photo Gallery

"This is such a special chance for youth in our area to take part in something unique, learning from top student-athletes and collegiate coaches," said Paul Hoolahan - CEO, Allstate Sugar Bowl. "NCAA Football puts on a first class event and we're thrilled to have partnered with them over the past three years."

"Learning football fundamentals, proper technique and safety is essential to youth football players' success on the field," said Bob Vecchione - chair, NCAA Football Youth Initiatives Committee.  "NCAA Football youth clinics provide an opportunity for young athletes to learn these valuable skills and more importantly, to learn the invaluable character-building and sportsmanship lessons needed to be successful off the field."

The NCAA Football Youth Initiative actually began in New Orleans in 2007, when the organization 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.

Photo Gallery of 2009 NCAA Football Youth Clinic