The Allstate Sugar Bowl, one of the premier college football bowl games in the country, took on title sponsorship of the championships held by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Since the partnership between two of the oldest and most prominent amateur athletic organizations in the state was established, the Sugar Bowl has had the opportunity to recognize 226 team champions from 104 schools.
2015-16 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Champions
Even before taking on title sponsorship of all LHSAA championship events, the Allstate Sugar Bowl was involved in the sponsorship of many state championship events in the past, including baseball, football, soccer, swimming and tennis. The Bowl sponsored the LHSAA Football Championships from 2000-2005.
In addition to high school events, the Allstate Sugar Bowl is involved in numerous amateur sporting events at the collegiate, AAU and youth levels. All of these activities serve the organization’s original mission of generating tourism for the region through athletics. To that end, Bowl events last year generated $312.74 million in economic impact for the region, and over the last decade have created over $2 billion in impact, producing nearly $170 million in direct tax revenue for New Orleans and Louisiana. With the new LHSAA arrangement, the Sugar Bowl Committee now sponsors or administers over 50 annual events, all of which will play a role in driving economic benefit for the city and state.
The LHSAA was created in 1920 when a group of high school principals met in Baton Rouge to discuss ways to regulate and develop interscholastic high school sports. While the LHSAA is run by a full time staff, the association is comprised of the principals of the member schools. Those principals are the ones who create the rules and regulations that are then enforced by the LHSAA administration. The LHSAA has remained a voluntary organization that doesn’t receive government funding, but through member fees, sponsorships and event revenue, exists as the governing body of Louisiana high school sports.
Since inception, the LHSAA has grown to include approximately 389 schools, regulating approximately 82,000 student-athletes, 8,000 coaches and 5,000 officials each year. The classifications have grown as well, and the organization now has seven total classifications (5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, B and C). Schools are reclassified every two years based on the total student enrollment in grades 9 through 12, as determined by the Louisiana State Department of Education, as of October 1 of the current school year.
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