Fun with NORDC: Family Fun Walk to celebrate Park and Rec Month _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

It’s spring soccer season for girls and boys ages 5 to 13. Families can register now through March 9 for YLC Kicks Soccer, a partnership with the Young Leadership Council.

Volunteer coaches will share their passion for the popular sport in a supportive and positive environment. Soccer is a vehicle for youth to learn to model the social, emotional and leadership skills needed to become successful adults.

Practices and games will take place at 11 NORDC parks this season — Norman, Behrman, Harrell, A.L. Davis, Lyons, Taylor, St. Roch, Comiskey, Joe W. Brown, Kenilworth and Milne. All equipment is provided.

The season runs from March 2 to May 16 and consists of one 75-minute practice session per week and one game on Friday night or Saturday morning.

YLC Kicks is now accepting volunteer coach application forms. Applicants must pass a national and local criminal background check and attend volunteer training.

For information, visit

Victor N. Richard III is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For more information, visit

Special Events

  • SUMMER CAMP EXPO: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 7, Behrman Rec Center, 2529 General Meyer Ave.; Treme Recreation Center, 900 N. Villere St.; Joe W. Brown Recreation Center, 5601 Read Blvd.; and Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. Info and registration for NORDC Summer Youth and Teen Camps.
  • MOVIES IN THE PARK: March 6 to May 30, free outdoor movies at NORDC playgrounds with pre-show activities. Full schedule at
  • EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 21, Joe W. Brown Recreation Center, 5601 Read Blvd. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 28, Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St. Free Easter egg hunts, games and activities.


  • HEALTH IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY: Feb. 27, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St. Free activities and health screenings: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Kemetic Yoga; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Meditation and Lecture with Zachary Ramsey; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Diabetes Blood Pressure Screenings; 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Afro Exercise. Sign up for Black Girls Run any time during the event. For details, visit or call (504) 658-3052.
  • LIFEGUARD CLASS: March 2, 16 and 30, and April 13 and 27, 6-8 p.m. at Joe W. Brown Pool, 5601 Read Blvd. For ages 15 and older who are interested in becoming a lifeguard. Preregistration is suggested. Free. For details, visit or call (504) 658-3021.
  • KEMETIC YOGA: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St.