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.
NORDC Basketball Players Recognized at the April 16 Pelicans Game
Each week during the 2014 basketball season, players from each NORDC team were recognized for exhibiting good character traits as part of the Character Counts Program. Four of those players were recognized at the 4-16-14 Pelicans game: Paul Brown from Harrell Playground, Gabriel Henry from Kenilworth Playground, Taylor Kees from Cut Off, and Kyron Peters from Harrell Playground.
The kids got basketballs on the court, and then Dell Demps sent gift bags over to their seats. The kids were the envy of the section. At the end, the Pelicans won, the kids won, and so did NORDC!
At half-time, Chevron’s “Teaming Up for NORDC” video was played on the Jumbotron, and then the announcer said:
The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission instills character through athletics, in part by participating in 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 the Six Pillars of Character, which are: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
Each week during basketball season, players from each team were recognized for exhibiting good character traits. Four of those players are here with us tonight. Please welcome Paul Brown from Harrell Playground, Gabriel Henry from Kenilworth Playground, Taylor Kees from Cut-Off, and Kyron Peters from Harrell Playground.
At center court with our honorees are Sakari Morrison from Chevron and Keith J. Wright from NORDC. NORDC wants to thank the New Orleans Pelicans and Chevron for their support of a great basketball season!
See more photos here.
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