The Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame will holds its annual awards banquet on Saturday, August 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, selects annual award winners in a variety of categories, in addition to selecting each year’s Hall of Fame class and Amateur Athletes of the Month. Overall, 24 individuals and two teams will be honored at this year’s banquet. The honorees are being announced over an eight-day period.
July 27 (Monday): Jimmy Collins Special Awards
July 28 (Tuesday): Eddie Robinson Award
July 29 (Wednesday): Annual Award Winners
July 30 (Thursday): Corbett Award Female
July 31 (Friday): Corbett Award Male
Aug. 3 (Monday): Hall of Fame Inductee
Aug. 4 (Tuesday): Hall of Fame Inductee
Aug. 5 (Wednesday): Hall of Fame Inductee
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee began in 1958 when James Collins spearheaded a group of sports journalists to form a sports awards committee to immortalize local sports history. For 12 years, the committee honored local athletes each month. In 1970, the Sugar Bowl stepped in to sponsor and revitalize the committee, leading to the creation of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, honoring 10 legends from the Crescent City in its first induction class. While adding the responsibility of selecting Hall of Famers, the committee has continued to recognize the top amateur athlete in the Greater New Orleans area each month – the honors enter their 57th year in 2015. To be eligible, an athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region.
Broderick Fobbs, the head football coach at Grambling State University, will be recognized at the event as the 2014-15 recipient of the Eddie Robinson Award. The award is presented annually to an athlete, coach, team or athletic administrator in Louisiana who demonstrates the qualities most associated with Grambling legend Eddie Robinson: outstanding achievement in athletics, academics, sportsmanship and citizenship by maximizing the use of limited resources.
Fobbs is being honored after taking over the reins of the award’s namesake’s program and lifting it up from depths to which it had never fallen in history – a combined record of 2-21 during the 2012-2013 seasons. read more