Jackie Clarkson is president of the New Orleans City Council and a former member of the state Legislature. But she also has been involved in sports all of her life. Here, she talks about her favorite memories competing as NORD swimmer, her favorite athletes and about all of that darned pre-Super Bowl street construction.
I remember the creation of NORD, a lot of the meetings were at our home in Algiers around our dining room table. My mother was a great cook. We are now finally approaching a structure that we accomplish the same thing. We have a private-public partnership with a larger city budget and private money and resources being matched to create major improvements to facilities and programs with accountability. NORD was created to prevent juvenile delinquency. ... NORD is arts and athletics and includes all youth.
My favorite experiences were when I competed in swimming for NORD, and later watching our daughters compete in different sports. There were all good athletes.
Drew Brees — but he could be mayor!
The Super Bowl (and I will).
If Tulane will work with the mayor, the council and especially the neighborhood, it can work.
That all of my family is healthy and we’re all so excited to have new grandchildren join the family as our grandchildren get married.
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