Preparing for College with PAL

Dear Friends,

When people think of the Police Athletic League, their minds usually jump to youth sports and after-school programs. But I want you to know about all of the incredible work PAL does in preparing young people for college.

With financial support from the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, and the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, this school year PAL took over 200 high school students on college campus visits.

Our teens had the chance to visit not only local New York City colleges and universities, but they ventured to Washington D.C. to visit Georgetown University and Howard University, to Baltimore to see Coppin State University. At PAL, we are committed to showing all students, from all walks of life, the great things that they are capable of achieving. We hope to do another round of college tours in the spring should funding be available.

It is essential not only to show these young people what they can do, but to provide the necessary means to realize their potential. Last year, three outstanding PAL students who participated in our college readiness program were awarded the Robert J. McGuire College Scholarship to attend St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. Many competed for this selective scholarship, but only a handful of high school students city-wide were chosen.

The three former PAL Kids achieved the highest GPAs of all the McGuire Scholarship recipients. Their incredible achievement shows the great potential of the kids we work with, and validates the outstanding service PAL can provide, to ensure that all of our students reach their full potential.

Seeing these children grow into young adults, and helping them on the path to success, is one of the best parts of my job.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the generosity of our individual donors and institutional funders. We are grateful to all those who donate directly and attend our events for your continued support of the Police Athletic League. I look forward to updating you on all of our teens’ progress in the coming months.


Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL