NEW ORLEANS – In partnership with the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, Chevron announced today its support for New Orleans Recreation Development Commission's (NORDC) football, basketball and cheerleading programs. Through the collective contributions of Chevron, the Saints and Pelicans, the partnership will provide uniforms, equipment and funding to expand NORDC's recreational leagues for local youth.
This season, more than 3,000 New Orleans youth are participating in the NORDC football leagues, while the basketball program hosts more than 1,000 participants at 28 NORDC playgrounds. Cheerleading is currently offered at nine NORDC playgrounds across the city, with 16 squads open to participants ages 5 -14.
"Chevron is committed to promoting healthy community initiatives for all ages, which is why we have been a longstanding supporter of NORDC since its inception in 2010," said Warner Williams, vice president, Chevron North America Gulf of Mexico. "We are proud to be a part of this partnership to expand the safe and healthy recreational programs offered by NORDC."
"Both the Saints and Pelicans are committed to ensuring that our local youth are focused on living healthy and active lives. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Chevron, a great civic and corporate citizen in the Gulf South, to further grow the impact of that mission," said Saints and Pelicans Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc. "In addition to having a place to be active and exercise, athletic programs like those hosted by NORDC give children the opportunity to develop self-confidence, a sense of purpose and determination both individually and with their teammates. The traits they learn and develop will establish a foundation for future success both on and off the playing field or court."
"Our city's future depends on our ability to provide our children with safe places to learn, play and thrive," said Mayor Landrieu. "With the ongoing support of local partners, like Chevron, Saints and the Pelicans, we continue to enhance NORDC's recreational programming and to create a better New Orleans."
"We see firsthand how our athletic programs build physical health, community engagement and self-esteem in kids of all ages and levels of ability," said Vic Richard, NORDC CEO. "Because of generous partners like the New Orleans Saints, Pelicans and Chevron, we'll be able to continue offering these impactful programs."
For more information on NORDC athletic programs, visit www.nola.gov/nordc or call (504) 658-3037.
About Chevron Gulf of Mexico
Based in Covington, LA, Chevron's Gulf of Mexico business unit has approximately 1,800 employees and approximately 2,000 contractors daily. Chevron is one of the largest producers and second largest leaseholder on the Gulf of Mexico shelf; and one of the top leaseholders in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.