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Video: Mayor Mitch Landrieu Responds to ESPN's Colin Cowherd's Criticism of New Orleans

Landrieu gives a sharp reply to radio show host's recent negative comments about the Crescent City at the announcement of the Super Bowl Host Committee Volunteer Services Program on Wednesday in Lafayette Square.

Other videos to follow include comments about the Super Bowl's return to New Orleans by Rita Benson LeBlanc (New Orleans Saints Vice Chairman of the Board), Jay Cicero (uper Bowl Host Committee Executive Director), and Warner Williams (Vice President of Chevron North America):

RELEASE: 2013 New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee Launches Volunteer Program

Chevron joins Super Bowl Host Committee, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and New Orleans Saints in Lafayette Square to launch Volunteer Services Program

New Orleans - The New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee today announced Chevron as an official sponsor for Super Bowl XLVII. Rita Benson LeBlanc, New Orleans Saints Vice Chairman of the Board, Jay Cicero, Super Bowl Host Committee Executive Director, and Warner Williams, Vice President of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, (NYSE: CVX) announced that Chevron has signed an agreement to serve as the Volunteer Services partner for the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee. The focus of the NFL Super Bowl Host Committee Volunteer Services Program will be to help recruit and maintain over 8,000 volunteers that will be needed for Super Bowl XLVII and all related activities.

"Chevron is committed to supporting the communities where we live and operate and our Volunteer Program title partnership for Super Bowl XLVII is an excellent example of that commitment," Williams said. "We believe in the power of Human Energy which is at the heart of volunteerism."

The partnership was announced during YLC's Wednesday's at the Square, a free 12-week concert series held in Lafayette Square benefitting the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans. With a crowd of more than 2,500 concert-goers in attendance, the Volunteer Services Program was able to put street teams out in full-force to recruit new volunteers.

"Chevron is excited to partner with the Volunteer Services Program to make Super Bowl XLVII the world-class experience that fans expect from New Orleans," Williams said. "We look forward to bringing our core partnership values to foster economic vitality in the Greater New Orleans area."

The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Volunteer Program has been recruiting volunteers for the unprecedented number of major sporting events that have recently been awarded to the City of New Orleans since summer 2009. The database started with a small, but dedicated 600 volunteers. As of May 1, the volunteer count reached over 9,000. "We've been working extremely hard to build our core list of volunteers in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII," Cicero said. "We couldn't be more proud of the volunteer efforts that have been showcased in the events we've hosted this past year, and we look forward to welcoming the NFL, their partners and the fans back to New Orleans to show off our volunteers' dedication to the City and unmatched spirit of hospitality."

The 8,000+ volunteers will be the face of the Super Bowl XLVII, and will take on crucial roles around the City that will include helping visitors find their way around New Orleans, providing visitors with information about all Super Bowl related events, filling hospitality positions at events hosted by the NFL, its sponsors and the Host Committee, and assisting in community reaction related volunteering.

The announcement of Chevron's partnership comes at a time when the Host Committee is working round-the-clock on Super Bowl XLVII, which makes its way back to the Big Easy in less than nine months. To learn more about the Volunteer Services Program, or how to become a volunteer, please visit www.NOLASuperBowl.com, or text the word "SUPER" to 63566.


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