Dec 18, 2013 11:20 Chevron, Saints, Pelicans partnership to benefit NORDC Chevron, Saints, Pelicans partnership to benefit NORDC Photo provided by Lindsey Meaux -- Sakari Morrison, manager of policy, government and public affairs, Chevron North America Gulf of Mexico; Rita Benson LeBlanc, Saints and Pelicans owner and vice chairman of the board; John Sibal, NORDC Foundation chairman of the board; Vic Richard, NORDC CEO; and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. City programs to receive equipment, uniforms and coaching Advocate staff report Dec. 18, 2013 Comments In partnership with the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, Chevron recently announced its support for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission’s 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 offered at nine NORDC playgrounds across the city, with 16 squads open to participants ages 5 to 14. According to Vice President Warner Williams, of the Chevron Gulf of Mexico division based in Covington, Chevron has been a supporter of NORDC since its inception in 2010. “We are proud to be a part of this partnership to expand the safe and healthy recreational programs offered by NORDC,” Williams said. Saints and Pelicans Owner/Vice Chairwoman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc said, “Both the Saints and Pelicans are committed to ensuring that our local youth are focused on living healthy and active lives.” The partnership with Chevron will help NORDC continue its mission, Benson LeBlanc said. “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,” she said. “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 information on NORDC athletic programs, visit www.nola.gov/nordc or call (504) 658-3037.