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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu


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Character Counts! NORDC athletics programs build character


Character Counts! 2014 Football/Cheer Season

Many thanks to the Pelicans and Chevron for supporting NORDC Football and our Character Counts Champs!

Each week during the 2014 football season, players from each playground are recognized for exhibiting good character traits as part of the Character Counts Program. Participants are chosen weekly at each playground.  From that list, participants are randomly selected from each district for recognition at Pelican games. 


January 26
Pelicans vs 76ers

St. Roch

February 9
Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz

St. Roch

February 23
Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors


March 7
Pelicans vs. Grizzlies


April 10
Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns

Stallings Gentilly



Character Counts! Overview  

NORDC youth programs foster character development, family, and personal growth, in part by instilling lessons from Character Counts!, the most widely implemented approach to character education.  The program was created by the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics. 

Character Counts! 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: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Each week focuses on one of 6 Pillars of Character.  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 better decisions. 

NORDC’s implementation of the Character Counts! program is generously supported by Chevron.

Learn more about Character Counts at   

Resources for Parents

Character education begins at home by encouraging young people to think independently and do the right thing. For information, resources and techniques to you support character education, click here.

Character Counts! Materials 

Cards are distributed to the youth with the 6 Pillars of Character and steps to making better decisions.  Those steps are:

1.  Stop and Think
2.  Clarify Goals
3.  Determine Facts
4.  Develop  Options
5.  Consider Consequences
6.  Choose
7.  Monitor and Modify 

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



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