NORDC athletics programs build character.
Beginning with the 2014 Basketball season, NORDC incorporate lessons from the national Character Counts program, created by the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics.
The program provides training for coaches to help them promote sportsmanship and foster good character through Teaching, Enforcing, Advocating and Modeling (TEAM) the Six Pillars of Character.
Each week focuses on one of 6 Pillars of Character (listed below). Every practice begins with a three minute discussion about the importance of character, the pillar of the week and how to base behavior and decisions based on character.
The young players are also given cards with the 6 Pillars of Character and steps to making making bettter decisions. Those steps are:
1. Stop and Think
2. Clafify Goals
3. Determine Facts
4. Develop Options
5. Consider Consequences
7. Monitor and Modify
Champs of the Week
Each week, the coaches chose Character Champs, young players who exhibit character traits of the Pillar of the week. They each receive a certificate and are entered into a drawing to attend a New Orleans Pelicans game and be recognized on center court.
The Six Pillars of Character:
Trustworthiness Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country
Respect Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
Responsibility Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others
Fairness Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly
Caring Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need
Citizenship Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer
Learn more about Character Counts at www.charactercounts.org