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NEW ORLEANS - (October 4, 2019) The New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission is partnering with NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) to enhance the sports and physical education programming of youth participants in Orleans Parish Schools.

The collaboration allows for NORD and NOLA-PS to form a collaborative sports league that will organize, facilitate and manage athletic games at NORD and NOLA-PS facilities.

The agreement includes all sports for girls and boys. Currently there are teams formed for the following sports: middle school tackle football, high school girl’s flag football, and middle school volleyball, and flag football.

“What this represents is a true partnership between NORD, NOLA Public Schools, and the Cantrell Administration. We are breaking down silos in order to build up our young people and help them to reach their full potential. Our NORD facilities and our schools are nexus centers of our communities. We are being more intentional and more holistic in our approach to providing services for our children by meeting them where they are. This is a step in the right direction, and there is much more to come,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

“We are thrilled to partner with OPSB, and Charter School Networks to offer a collaborative sports league for middle and high school students. The focus of the league is to ensure youth have an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and physical education programming throughout the school year,” said NORD CEO Larry Barabino, Jr.

“This partnership is another way NORD is increasing its services and offerings to support students and families within our community”. “As part of our commitment to athletics in public schools, NOLA Public Schools has proudly partnered with NORD to launch a collaborative athletic league for our middle and high school students. We look forward to the first year of the NORD/NOLA-PS Collaborative Athletic league supporting the tradition of strong athletic programming in our schools,” said NOLA-PS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.

The term of the agreement is for the 2019-2020 school year, and is renewable.

The next tackle football game in the league is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. between Einstein Charter and Goretti at Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd.

There are currently more than 600 students signed up to participate in tackle football, flag football and volleyball this fall.

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