NEW ORLEANS, LA – The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) 2013 football and cheerleading season culminated with a cheerleading competition, football championship games and a parade on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Joe W. Brown Memorial Park in New Orleans East.
Friday’s cheerleading competition featured performances by 16 squads in three divisions. The teams competing in the Pee Wee division (ages 5-8) were the Willie Hall Panthers, Cut-Off Warriors, Milne Patriots, Bodenger Jaguars, St. Roch Crusaders and Goretti Saints. Bodenger won the Pee Wee Division and St. Roch was runner up.
The Junior Varsity division (ages 9-12) featured St. Roch Crusaders, Norman Wildcats, Cut-Off Warriors, Goretti Saints, Milne Patriots and Joe W. Brown Spartans. St. Roch won the division and the runner up was Milne.
In the Varsity division (ages 13-14) the competing teams were Willie Hall Panthers, Milne Patriots, Sampson Knights and Bodenger Jaguars. Bodenger won the division and the runner up was Willie Hall. There was also a special guest performance by the New Orleans Pelicans Dance Team. The competition took place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Joe W. Brown Recreational Center.
View photos of the competition
On Saturday, the public was invited to a NORDC parade to cheer on the football championship teams, cheerleaders and marching band. The parade began at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Lowe's, 5770 Read Boulevard, and proceeded to Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Boulevard, and into Victory Stadium.
Following the parade, football teams in five divisions competed in the following championship games:
Novice division (ages 5-6): Bodenger Jaguars 18, Willie Hall Panthers 6
Freshman division (ages 7-8): Bodenger Jaguars 14, Harrell Rams 6
Sophomore division (ages 9-10): Harrell Rams 8, Willie Hall Panthers 6.
Junior division (ages 11-12): Harrell Rams 14, Willie Hall Panthers 6
Senior division (ages 13-14): Pontchartrain Patriots 14, A.L. Davis Panthers 6
View photos of the football championships and parade
The football and cheerleading programs, which started on September 3, included over 3,100 participants in football at 29 NORDC sites and 400 participants in cheerleading at 16 NORDC sites. In addition to providing training and competition at various levels, NORDC Athletics also build character and create social growth environments. During the season, the teams and squads also undertook many community service projects including helping the homeless, distributing free school supplies and promoting breast cancer screenings.
One of the cheerleading squads, the Goretti Saints, attended the Junior Saintsations Camp and performed at the Saints pre-season game against the Raiders on August 16.