2015 Dashing Through the Dome

On Friday December 18th 2015, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Sports Series in partnership with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will host the 2nd Annual “Dashing Through the Dome” fun run.

This unique 2-mile race runs participants into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, up and around the Dome’s Ground, Plaza and Terrace Levels, then down the ramps finishing on the field!  This event is fun for competitive runners looking for a new challenge, kids & football fans alike.

All participants will receive a race t-shirt, free post-race refreshments, hospitality area during the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl concert in Champions Square and a free general admission ticket to the 2015 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19th.

You can register today by clicking here: dashingthoughthedome.eventbrite.com


Late Registration & Number Pick Up will open at 5:00pm on Race Day on the Exterior Plaza level of the Dome, near Gate D (by Champions Square). The race begins at 6:30pm on the Exterior Plaza level. Garage 2 will be open & free for runners until 6:00pm on Friday; Garage 1 will also have paid parking for $15. The post-race concert starts at 7:00pm.



Dashing Through the Dome is produced by the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and is part of the GNOSF Sports Series.

For more Race Info, please contact us at dashingthroughthedome@gmail.com

GNOSF Founder and Friend Ron Gardner Passes

The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl are saddened to announce the passing of our Chairman, colleague, and dear friend Ronald E. Gardner.

Over the past 27 years, no one has been more important, influential and dedicated to the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Ron’s ideas, efforts and generosity helped shape both organizations from the very beginning and we are forever grateful to have had him serve such a major role in our organizations.

GNOSF & Quarterback Club Partnership

The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation has joined forces with the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club to create the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club.


Entering its 77th year, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club promotes amateur and professional sports in the Greater New Orleans area on a weekly basis.


For the first time in the history of the organization, The Quarterback Club will meet weekly on Tuesday for 16 consecutive weeks, beginning with the first meeting of the season on Sept. 1 at noon. Speakers on Sept. 1 include New Orleans Saints President Dennis Lauscha, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva, Tulane Executive Associate Athletic Director/External Affairs Brandon Macneill, John Curtis Christian Head Coach J.T. Curtis and Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President/CEO Jay Cicero.


The Quarterback Club is pleased to return to The Cannery at 3803 Toulouse Street for a third year. The Cannery is one of the premier venues and wedding reception facilities in the entire region, owned by the Pel Hughes family.


“The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation is proud to partner with a 77-year-old organization that has done well for our community,” Cicero said. “We hope to help the Quarterback Club to grow in attendance, programming and awareness. We believe it is a great partnership that can last a long time and a valuable, addition benefit to Sports Foundation members.”


Speakers from the New Orleans Saints, LSU, Tulane and prep football will speak weekly, along with a wild card speaker from the sports world in metropolitan New Orleans. A prep player of the week is chosen throughout the season with a prep player of the year picked at the end of the season. Lunch is served weekly.


Annual standard membership is $50 per person with premier annual membership at $80, which includes a Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club golf shirt and lapel pin, along with reserved seating. Luncheons are $20 per person for members and $25 per person for non-members.


SportsNOLA.com will serve as the official web site of the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club while Compliance Technology, Strength Shoe, WGSO, 990 AM and WHNO TV 20 remain sponsors as well.


For more information on how to join The Quarterback Club, contact Stan Kottemann at (504) 908-0860 or at skotlaw@aol.com. For more information on the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Membership Program, visit www.gnosports.com or call Tricia Lowe at (504) 619-6114. To purchase tickets, visit www.GNOSFQBC2015.eventbrite.com.

2015 Cheer and Football Youth Clinic

On Sunday, July 19th, more than 500 children ages 5-14 from New Orleans and surrounding areas participated in the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and Sun Belt Conference Cheer and Football Youth Clinic at Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East. This year’s Clinic was presented by Chevron and featured instructional coaching from Sun Belt Conference coaches, former and current Saintsations and guest appearances by Saints Hall of Famer Tyrone Hughes and current LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

“Each year this event has grown and it continues to be one of the most rewarding events that we help facilitate,” said R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Executive Director Billy Ferrante, “We would not be able to put on this great event without the efforts of our partners the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Sun Belt Conference staff and coaches, and especially NORDC.”

Young athletes who participated in the football portion of the clinic practiced several drills that were designed to teach the fundamentals of the game to all children.  Participants of the Cheer Clinic learned various dance and cheer routines from current and former Pelicans and Saints dance team members. At the events conclusion the Cheer Clinic dancers performed a routine for all football participants and parents.

“It’s mainly about giving back,” Fournette said. “They did the same thing for us when we were in park ball. Now it’s my turn to come back and give love, to show love to the youth in the community.”


Please click here to see the Sun Belt conferences recap of this great event CLICK HERE

New Orleans Welcomes USA Volleyball

The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation would like to extend a warm welcome to the USA Volleyball as they begin the 36th Annual USA Volleyball Junior National Championships this week in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.


Competition began today June 23rd and concludes on Wednesday, July 2nd crowning 30 champions in age divisions ranging from 11 to 18.  By tournament’s end the event will have attracted over 13,000 athletes and 25,000 spectators and is expected to create a 23 million dollar economic impact for New Orleans.


“The City of New Orleans has long been known for its success in hosting major sporting events and we feel that the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships fits on this list very well,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “The return to New Orleans for the Girls’ Championships has been long overdue and are already having a great start to our 2015 event.”


The 2015 GJNC is the first USA Volleyball event in New Orleans since the 2005 USA Volleyball Open National Championships, which was one of the first major sporting events held in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In 1999, New Orleans hosted by the USA Volleyball Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Championships.


Jay Cicero, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation applauded USA Volleyball and the many entities in New Orleans who worked to bring the event back to the Crescent City, “New Orleans remains North America’s favorite destination for championship sporting events.  Hosting an event of this magnitude takes a phenomenal amount of coordination between the New Orleans Metropolitan CVB, Morial Convention Center and the many participating hotels that recognize the value of hosting this premier amateur event.  We thank Tom Pingel and USA Volleyball for their eagerness to continue the great relationship with the City of New Orleans. As you will undoubtedly pass thousands of young athletes in the downtown area this week, please extend them the  warm New Orleans welcome that we have become known for.”


For those interested in attending the event, tickets are available for $14 per day or $40 for a tournament pass. Discounts are available for seniors, military, and students for $9 per day and $35 for a tournament pass. For more information please visit http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/events/indoor/girls/2015-girls-jnc

New Orleans Bowl Announces Time & Date of 2015 Game


 NEW ORLEANS (June 2, 2015) – R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl officials and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation announced today that the 15th Annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8 p.m. (CST). The game will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and will feature a matchup between teams from the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA. ESPN and ESPN Radio will air the game live.

“The Sun Belt Conference and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl have grown together since their inaugural years in 2001,” said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. “Our relationship with the bowl is an important one, and while we continue to add more bowls to our lineup, the New Orleans Bowl has been with us all along – giving us gracious support and helping our conference grow. This bowl game has always provided a first-class experience for Sun Belt Conference members, and the hospitality of the bowl and the city of New Orleans has treated our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans very well.”

The New Orleans Bowl and Conference USA have a long-standing relationship that began in 2002.

“The New Orleans Bowl has been a terrific partner of Conference USA for many years,” C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. “We are looking forward to having one of our teams participate in this great bowl game in a wonderful destination like New Orleans this December.”

In its 15th year, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and its affiliated events continue to grow and create significant impact on the city of New Orleans, generating an estimated economic impact in excess of $25 million annually.

“Over the past 14 years, the staff, board members, sponsors, schools and fans have worked very hard to make the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl a special tradition in New Orleans,” said Bowl Chairman Ron Gardner. “This year we look to continue this tradition by celebrating the game’s 15th anniversary with what is sure to be another great nationally broadcast primetime matchup between Conference USA and the Sun Belt Conference.”


About R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Organized in 2001, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is managed by the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, established in 1988, and whose mission it is to attract, manage and promote sporting events to the Greater New Orleans area for the purposes of economic impact.

For more information on the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, visit www.neworleansbowl.org.

Twitter: @Neworleansbowl

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About R+L Carriers:

R+L Carriers is a family owned and operated Global freight shipping company based in the United States. Celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, R+L Carriers, Inc. serves the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic with LTL, Truckload, Business Critical, Logistics and more. To learn more about R+L Carriers’ Worldwide shipping solutions visit their corporate website at: www.rlcarriers.com.

Cheer and Football Clinic


On Sunday July 19th, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and Sun Belt conference will host the annual Cheer and Football Clinic presented by Chevron. The clinic will be held at the Joe Brown Park football field and is free for all kids age 5-14. The Cheer and Football Clinic will feature coaches from the Sun Belt Conference and former members of the Saints and Pelicans dance team. Kids participating in the football clinic will receive instruction on football related actives and drills, while cheer clinic participants will learn routines for an end of the day performance.

Click Here to register today.


It’s official, Super Bowl LII & LIV will be heading south. New Orleans, along with Miami, Tampa Bay and Atlanta have been invited to bid on football’s big game in 2019 and 2020. Having hosted the game in 2013, New Orleans will look to add the city’s record 11th Super Bowl to it’s résumé.

After losing the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis, New Orleans knows competition will not be easy. “You have to give credit to Mr. Benson and Dennis Lauscha (Saints president) for accomplishing the first step in the process, which is to get New Orleans invited to bid on 2019 and 2020,” said Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation CEO Jay Cicero. “The competition is going to be pretty stiff.”

The New Orleans Saints will play a big role in lobbying the NFL to return to New Orleans. “New Orleans is a Super Bowl favorite city and has been for many years,” Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement. “We are excited to be once again invited and I am confident that our city leaders and the hospitality community will come together and put forth our best bid.”

New Orleans officials are hopeful that the more than $30 million in upgrades to the Superdome slated for the next two years will help its bid for one of the two available Super Bowl years. The Superdome is having larger, state-of-the-art video boards installed and an HD room is currently under construction for much clearer video production.

“We’re excited about it,” said SMG vice president Doug Thornton, whose company manages the Superdome for the state. “Obviously we are excited about it; we’re excited to be in the mix again.

“I’m sure that our group will be aggressive. I’m sure that the improvements we are going to make to the (Superdome) over the next two seasons will help us.”

The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, along with members of the New Orleans hospitality leaders will begin the process of preparing a competitive bid in time for November’s preliminary proposal deadline. Final Bids will be submitted to the NFL in April. Super Bowl LII & LIV will be awarded at the NFL’s Spring Owners meetings that will take place in May 2016.



Coverage of AVP New Orleans Open from Laketown in Kenner, La.

Paul Sunderland, Dain Blanton and Kevin Wong to Call the Action from New Orleans

Costa Mesa, Calif. – May 22, 2015 – The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and NBC Sports Group will present the AVP New Orleans Open, the first AVP Tour telecast of the 2015 season, this Tuesday Night at Midnight EST on NBCSN.

Olympic medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser and more expected to compete in AVP New Orleans Open




KENNER, La. (March 2, 2015) – The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), along with the City of Kenner and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, announced today that the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will return to the New Orleans area in 2015 for the first time in 16 years, as the AVP New Orleans Open will be held May 22-24 – Memorial Day weekend – at Laketown in Kenner, La.

The tournament will kick off the AVP’s 2015 season and is expected to attract the best and brightest stars of beach volleyball, including three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings (2004, 2008, 2012), Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser (2008) and Todd Rogers (2008), Olympic silver medalists April Ross (2012) and Jennifer Kessy (2012), two-time Olympians Jake Gibb (2008, 2012) and Sean Rosenthal (2008, 2012), and Olympian Nicole Branagh (2008), as well as a number of up-and coming stars and hopefuls for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

For information on ticket availability and competition schedules, please visit www.avp.webconnex.com/NewOrleans.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring the excitement of AVP beach volleyball to Kenner and the New Orleans area over Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer and get our 2015 season started,” said Donald Sun, the AVP’s Managing Partner. “This is an area that truly loves and supports the game, and we are looking forward to bringing some of the best athletes in the world here.”

“The AVP New Orleans Open promises to be another world-class sporting event for the area,” said Jay Cicero, President/CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. “Partnering with AVP and the City of Kenner, the Sports Foundation is excited to annually bring current and future Olympic medalists to a fan favorite destination. With the popularity of beach volleyball sure to dominate the Summer Olympics in 2016, and the increased profile of the sport, the timing of this partnership and the event is perfect.”

“As home to the largest man-made sand volleyball complex in the country, it only makes sense for Kenner to become a stop for the AVP pro beach volleyball tour,” said Mayor Michael Yenni. “We are excited to host this major sporting event and to give locals the chance to enjoy the incredible skills of the best volleyball players in the world.”

The AVP New Orleans Open will feature 64 top men’s and women’s professionals competing in three days of main draw play preceded by a one-day open qualifying tournament. The competition will be held on four courts spread out across Laketown and will be surrounded by a high-energy atmosphere complete with great food, music and interactive activities.

The AVP played the last of its previous five men’s tournaments in New Orleans in 1999, when all-time victories leader Karch Kiraly teamed with Adam Johnson to take home the tournament title. The last women’s professional beach volleyball tournament in New Orleans was in 1995 under the direction of the WPVA, a few years before men’s and women’s tournaments merged under the AVP umbrella.

“Playing in the New Orleans area should be a lot of fun,” Walsh Jennings said. “I have played beach volleyball in many states throughout the U.S. and countries across the world, but have never competed here, so I’m excited to get the chance to do so. As my partner, April Ross, and I prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics, we can’t wait to get our season started.”

“I’m really looking forward to starting off the AVP season with the New Orleans Open,” Dalhausser said. “The people here are passionate about beach volleyball, and we can’t wait to show off the amazing level of competition on the AVP Tour.”

Information on the rest of the AVP Tour’s 2015 schedule will be available soon at www.AVP.com.

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About The AVP

Established in 1983, the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) produces, markets and distributes volleyball events worldwide, including the popular AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. While promoting family-oriented events and supporting a healthy lifestyle, the AVP is best known for its world-class athletes, who have won numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the Olympic games. The AVP headquarters are in Costa Mesa, Calif.