Sideline Pass Partners with Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman to Offer $10,000 College Scholarship

Sideline Pass is thrilled to partner with basketball legend Nancy Lieberman in order to now award a $10,000 college scholarship to a deserving female student-athlete from New Orleans. Sideline Pass’ first recipient of this scholarship is Cohen High School senior India Morris, who traveled to Dallas in mid-February to accept her scholarship at Nancy Lieberman’s Dream Ball Gala.

India, a National Honor Society member, is also #1 in her graduating class, a two-year letterman on Cohen’s cross-country team and a four-year starter for the girls’ basketball team. India plans to study psychology and hopes to eventually become a neuropsychologist.

“I want to go back into my community and help change the negative images and stereotypes that are portrayed there,” India says. “Mental health issues are something that often go unaddressed in communities of color and lead to many of the problems we see in cities such as New Orleans. I want to give kids here a chance to flourish into successful and well-rounded individuals.”

New Orleans Pelicans fans will recognize Nancy Lieberman as the popular analyst on Fox Sports New Orleans’ pre and post game shows. Nancy set records as a player at Old Dominion University, won gold medals as a premier point guard for Team USA and excelled in the national broadcast booth as a basketball analyst. This girl boss has coached in the G League, WNBA, Big 3 and NBA. (Yes, that means she’s successfully led professional women and MEN!) Nancy exemplifies the concept of shattering glass ceilings – many of them, not just one. First,  Nancy was the youngest basketball player in Olympic history to medal when the U.S. captured silver at the 1976 Games in Montreal. Later, Nancy became the oldest player in the WNBA at age 39, then again at 50. Now, Nancy is the reigning BIG 3 Coach of the Year, after leading her all-male team to the championship title.

Nancy is also a fervent philanthropist, intent on sending the ladder back down. She lives in Dallas and spearheads Nancy Lieberman Charities, a group dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for children. Nancy’s foundation normally awards ten, $10,000 college scholarships to worthy student athletes from Texas, but as of 2019,  Nancy decided to partner with Sideline Pass to direct one of those generous scholarships to a New Orleans recipient. 

“We chose to include someone from New Orleans because of the relationship I’ve built with the Pelicans and their fans the past 2 years,” Nancy says. “I’m proud to be Sideline Pass’ sister in giving others an opportunity to change their lives. We’ve seen what Sideline Pass does, how many opportunities it gives to young women. We hope we can be an asset in helping Sideline Pass positively affect New Orleans.”

Sideline Pass is honored and privileged to partner with Nancy Lieberman Charities and especially Nancy herself, a women who exemplifies girl power in every facet!!

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Garden Party with Ashley Longshore benefitting the Sideline Pass Scholarship Fund

In 2017, Sideline Pass started a scholarship fund to send an academically excellent, financially challenged young lady from New Orleans to a private high school of her choosing, in the hopes that an outstanding private, primary education would open the doors for scholarships and grants to college. The scholarship recipient must also show a dedication to New Orleans and the desire to give back to the city in her adult, professional life. We’re proud to announce that Gloria is the first Sideline Pass Scholar! She is attending Dominican High School in the hopes of preparing for a career as an OBGYN helping under-served women throughout Greater New Orleans.  Our first fundraiser – a Garden Party with artist Ashley Longshore – was a huge success! Thank you to the incredibly talented – and benevolent – Ashley Longshore for being our guest of honor and donating one of her original works for our auction. Ashley, you are the definition of girl power!!!!   We’re so honored to name you as the first Sideline Pass Woman of the Year! A Huge shout out to Dr. Louis and Janie Glade for allowing us to use their beautiful home – thank you!


There were many amazing women behind this endeavor who are still working today to educate and give deserving young ladies a better chance to succeed. The Sideline Pass Scholarship Committee is truly a group of women who are as ambitious and intelligent as they charitable and loving. We have a great team! The Sideline Pass Scholarship Committee: Dr. Kate Sullivan, Tina Marie Wong, Missie Lindsey, Tamica Lee, Reagan Charleston, Fammy Famularo Rodrigue, Shay Melton Randolph, Stephanie Burks, Jessica Macaluso O’Connor, Robin Barnes, Janie Glade, Christina Chapuis, Allison Shapiro and Jen Hale.  Stay tuned for more information about our amazing gala!!!

Hurricane Relief Efforts

New Orleans is no stranger to the devastation of massive hurricanes, and that’s why Sideline Pass was proud to partner with the Better Than Ezra Foundation and the Irving Morris Foundation to raise money and deliver supplies to the victims of this year’s storms in Texas and Florida. A huge shout out to Tsunami for hosting us for dinner! They donated 15% of the tab to our efforts. It was a win/win for everyone who was able to enjoy amazing food and great friends  - plus help out our neighbors in need.. 



Junior Journalism Day

December was a busy month! Sideline Pass joined forces with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation to launch a Junior Journalism program! Our junior writers and photographers enjoyed the unique opportunity of covering Media Day for the R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, with the help of some of the most prestigious professional journalists and photographers in the Greater New Orleans area! Each junior journalist teamed up with one of these professional mentors to photograph and/or interview the players and coaches participating in the R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, which featured the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns versus the Golden Eagles of USM. The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation then featured the work of every junior journalist on its website. Fabulous work ladies! Check out the final product:

A huge thanks to Sam Joffray at The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, as well as our mentors: Juan Kincaid (Fox 8 Sports Director), Liz Reyes (Fox 8 News Anchor), Sean Fazende (Fox 8 Sports Anchor/Reporter), Doug Mouton (WWL TV Sports Anchor), Tamica Lee (WWL Traffic Reporter), Mike Detillier (WWL Sports Radio Host), Kati Morse (Tulane Athletics), Lauren Cason (New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau), Debbie Grant (VP of Public Relations for Tulane University), Caitlin Piper (The Earhardt Group), Trent Spann (Images by Robert T), Laura Bergerol Photography, Geovanni Velasquez (Black and Geauxld Photography) and Kathy Anderson Photography. Everyone had a wonderful time, and our junior journalists gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.