Erica Chapman-Joseph, a NORDC volunteer coach from Cut Off, said, “It’s not about winning, it’s about having fun and doing your best.”

Chapman-Joseph is one of hundreds of volunteer coaches NORDC and Chevron recently honored for their generous commitment to youth character development. As positive role models, they teach fun and fundamentals, along with good sportsmanship, character, discipline and teamwork. These are impactful life lessons that will guide the youth throughout their lives.

The event also celebrated Booster Club and Community Advisory Team volunteers who give of their time by providing support and guidance for NORDC playgrounds and rec centers.

NORDC programs are a platform for family, growth and character, and they would not be as successful without the intentional and dedicated support of caring volunteers across the city.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities and application requirements, visit

NORDC INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY: 2 p.m.-8 p.m. April 30, Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St. Free performances featuring the New Creations Brass Band; NORDC Piano Program; The Yisrael Trio; N’iya, Lafayette Elementary and Middle School Band and Choir; and the Matthew Shilling Quartet. Sponsored by Positive Vibrations Foundation. For schedule, visit

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION: Summer is right around the corner and NORDC’s 39 summer camps are filling up. Camps offer a wide array of recreational, cultural, and academic programming. NORDC partners with schools, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations to provide quality summer programming and provide free breakfast, lunch, swimming lessons and field trips. For registration details, visit

MOVIES IN THE PARK: The movies start at sunset, 7:15 to 7:30 p.m., but people can go early for field games at 6 p.m. and fitness activities with Fit NOLA Parks instructors at 6:30 p.m.

May 8: “Divergent” at Stallings Gentilly Playground, 2700 Laperyouse St., hosted by the Stallings Gentilly Booster Club.

May 15: “The Hunger Games” at Lemann Playground, 628 N. Claiborne Ave., hosted by the Lemann Booster Club.

Victor N. Richard III is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.