Louisiana Sports Leadership Award


The Dave Dixon Award is presented annually by the LSWA’s 30-member Hall of Fame selection committee to an individual who has played a decisive role as a sports leader or administrator benefiting Louisiana and/or bringing credit to Louisiana on the national and international level.

It is named in honor of Hall of Famer Dave Dixon, the driving force behind bringing the NFL to Louisiana with the creation of the New Orleans Saints franchise.

Dixon, who passed away last fall, is also considered the “father” of the Louisiana Superdome, developing the concept for the innovative domed structure and pushing state officials for its construction in the late 1960s.

2005
Randy Gregson; U.S. Tennis Association

2006
Emmanuel “Boozy” Bourgeois, Jr.; Special Olympics Louisiana

2007
Don Landry; Nicholls State, SLC
Doug Thornton; Louisiana Superdome

2008
Dr. James Andrews; Sports Medicine

2009
George Dement; Youth Sports Activists
Benny Turcan; Mr. Softball

2010
Gerald Boudreaux; NCAA Basketball Official, SEC Coordinator of Officials

2011
Elmo Adolph; Boxing Official
Billy Montgomery; State Legislator

2012
Dr. L.J. Mayeux; Ducks Unlimited

2013
Milton Retif; Sports Administrator

2014
Tynes Hildebrand; Sports Administrator
Wright Waters; Sports Administrator

2015
Paul Hoolahan; Sports Administrator

2016
Dr. Julian Bailes, Sports Medical Research

2017
Sue Donohoe, Sports Administrator

2018
Steve Gleason, New Orleans Saints Legend

2019
Marie Gagnard, Tennis Umpire

2020
Joan Cronan, Sports Administrator

2021
Terry McAulay, NFL Referee

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