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

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

Registration for football and cheerleading begins Monday and continues through Aug. 3 at NORDC playgrounds across the city. The activities are open to New Orleans youth ages 5 to 13.

The season begins Aug. 13 and culminates in November with a cheerleading competition and football championship events.

For a list of playground locations and documents required for registration, visit

NORDC is committed to high safety standards. All players are provided with top-of-the-line helmets with individualized fit and built-in safety features. Volunteer football coaches are certified through the USA Football Heads Up program and receive specialized health and safety training. USA Football is the national leader in football coaching certification. Developed by both education and football industry leaders, the program is backed by the National Football League.

Volunteer coaches also serve as positive role models. In addition to teaching rules and fundamentals, they promote good sportsmanship, character, discipline and teamwork.

To learn about becoming a volunteer coach, visit

CHEERLEADING AND FOOTBALL CLINIC: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, Joe W. Brown Victory Stadium, 5601 Read Blvd. Free for ages 5 to 14. The Allstate Sugar Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and Sun Belt Conference Cheer & Football Clinic presented by Chevron will feature coaches from the Sun Belt Conference and former members of the Saints and Pelicans dance teams. To register, visit or call (504) 525-5678.

OPEN CANOEING: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays through Aug. 15, Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd. at the lagoon behind the rec center. Rides are first-come, first-paddle. Ride with an experienced NORDC team member or on your own.

VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION: Aug. 3-17, ages 9 to 14. For registration requirements and playground locations, visit

Victor N. Richard III is the chief executive officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For more information, visit