More than 2,500 qualified RSD students earn a seat at Jan. 17 home game

January 13, 2011

The New Orleans Arena will serve as one of the largest classrooms in Louisiana on Monday, Jan. 17 as the Hornets host approximately 2,500 qualified Recovery School District students at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day home game against the Toronto Raptors. These students are part of the Most Valuable Pupils (MVP) program presented by Chevron which rewards 4th-8th grade RSD students for reaching GPA benchmarks and also provides over $10,000 in scholarships for participating in an essay and art contest.

We are excited to reward these MVP students for their hard work and character in the classroom, said Hornets President Hugh Weber. Through our partnership with Chevron, we are educating todays youth about the importance of setting and reaching goals and rewarding those who display passion, purpose and pride at school.

Students must be in the 4th-8th grades at participating RSD schools and have earned increases in their GPA or reached the GPA benchmark to be qualified as a Most Valuable Pupil.

The MVP students will each receive a ticket and transportation to the game, a Hornets MVP T-shirt, a Hornets drawstring bag with a workbook, lunch at the arena, in-arena recognition throughout the game and interaction with Hornets players. Different interactive activities and contests throughout the game will encourage and help the students complete the workbook assignments.

At Chevron, we believe that education is an important factor in the economic growth and well-being of the communities in which we work, says Chevrons Gulf of Mexico Business Unit Vice President Warner Williams. By investing in education with the Recovery School District, we are helping students pursue their dreams and use their talents to enrich where they call home.

The Jan. 17 game will feature the Hornets against the Toronto Raptors with a special afternoon tip-off at 2 p.m. to help celebrate the history and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tickets are still available at, by calling 1-800-4NBATIX, at the New Orleans Arena box office or at any TicketMaster outlet.

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