Celebrating PAL Month

Dear Friends,

May has always been an exciting month throughout PAL’s history.

In 1950, Mayor William O’Dwyer issued the first proclamation designating May as “PAL Month” and urged the public to support the work done by the Police Athletic League.  

This year, PAL is looking forward to another eventful May:  

  • At the Annual Science Fair at the William J. Duncan Center we will celebrate the students’ new knowledge and research skills as we admire their amazing STEM projects. Students will pose complex questions, form well-reasoned hypotheses, carefully lay out the procedures for their experiments, and present their results. Last year, more than 100 students explored the engineering behind things like airplanes and roller coasters. This year we expect close to 200 participants.
  • The Poetry Jam at Affirmation Arts Gallery, in partnership with Poet’s House, will give our contest winning poets the chance to work with professionals writers and present their poems on stage. Out of hundreds of submissions from 1st-8th grade students, 27 contest winners will perform their work at the event.
  • At The Robert J. McGuire Scholarship Dinner we will wish our In-Step and Youth Link high school seniors luck on the journey ahead, and award essential scholarships to finance the cost of attending college. Sixteen college-bound students were selected to win the award. Special thanks to Fred Wilpon, one of PAL’s greatest friends.

In addition to all of our special events, our after-school participants will continue to learn about the civil rights movement, the final module of their year-long educational program. We’ll make sure that the kids stay on track with homework help, provide activities that complement and enhance school curriculum, and offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun. Our teens will remain busy preparing for college and for summer jobs.

Meanwhile, as spring turns to summer, our staff prepares for Summer Day Camps, the opening of Playstreets, the Summer Youth Employment Program, and our summer sports and recreation programs. May might be the official “PAL Month” but the children and families that we serve can count on us every month to be “the best friend a kid can have.”


Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL

P.S. Do you have a PAL story that you’re willing to share? If so, please send it to me by replying to this email. Please be sure to include your contact information.