BATON ROUGE, LA (Aug. 23, 2013) — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced today that it has renewed its partnership with the New Orleans Saints, who will again be recognized as the title sponsor for its 2013 high school football Game of the Week program. The series will officially be titled “New Orleans Saints – LHSAA Game of the Week.”
“The LHSAA is excited to partner with the New Orleans Saints for the sixth consecutive year in our high school football Game of the Week program,” said Kenny Henderson, LHSAA executive director. “We believe fans from every corner of our state will be excited to see this year’s schedule of our Thursday night high school football match-ups. We have quite a bit of diversity in our Game of the Week lineup this year particularly in terms of geographic location and school size.”
“High school football has a rich tradition in Louisiana and the Saints are proud to support the growth of powerhouse high school football in our home state,” said Saints Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc. “We are thrilled to utilize our resources to support and partner with the LHSAA as football provides players with a foundation of fundamentals and ideals that will help them be successful throughout their lives. Showcasing the LHSAA and the Game of the Week is an extension of our youth programs’ priority to reach young players and continue to encourage their individual development as a statewide initiative.”
The New Orleans Saints – LHSAA Game of the Week consists of a weekly television broadcast of one high school football game for ten weeks during the regular prep football season and for four weeks of the LHSAA football playoffs not including state championship games. The New Orleans Saints – LHSAA Game of the Week will be broadcast in HD live across Louisiana on Fox Sports New Orleans and Fox Sports New Orleans Plus when preempted by the New Orleans Pelicans. The first game will feature Westlake at DeRidder on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, and subsequent games will air each week thereafter on Thursday nights.
"We're excited to enhance our partnership with the LHSAA by upgrading the Game of the Week to high-definition broadcasts," said FOX Sports New Orleans Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke. "The LHSAA is an integral part of our Louisiana programming lineup. We look forward to showcasing the student athletes that participate in LHSAA events."
In addition to the traditional 7 p.m. game kick-off, a pre-game show will air beginning at 6:30 p.m. weekly. Key match ups, game insight and other interesting bits of information will make up the pre-game agenda.
The 2013 New Orleans Saints – LHSAA Game of the Week schedule and a FOX Sports New Orleans channel guide are attached to this press release. Other Game of the Week sponsors include Cajun Industries, State Farm, Wendy’s, the Louisiana National Guard, Super 1 Foods, NOLA Media Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, JC Fodale Energy Services, Coca-Cola, Hertz Rent-a-Car and Talk’n Tshirts.
About the LHSAA
The LHSAA is a private entity that provides and regulates interscholastic athletic programs that promote fair and equitable competition among its member schools that is in the best interest of the student-athlete. For more information about the LHSAA, visit its website at www.lhsaa.org.