As you know, PAL was founded in 1914 by police officers who wanted to inspire young people as positive role models and mentors. More than 100 years later, we are proud to continue our special relationship with the NYPD to inspire young New Yorkers to dream big. PAL’s signature Cops and Kids Sports program is a prime example of our ability to bring officers and youth together.
This fall, our flag football season is underway across all five boroughs of New York City. About 80 police officers will coach and play along with 1,000 PAL youth, ages 9-19.
The Cops and Kids flag football tournament is friendly but competitive! The tournament season culminates with a citywide championship game in December. Last year’s winning team was from Queens North, led by Officer Lamont Anderson, a longtime friend to PAL youth. You can look for an interview with Officer Anderson in the upcoming edition of the PAL newsletter.
In the coming year, we will also be hosting PAL Cops and Kids leagues for basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball. We will keep you posted about the tournaments on our social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
We are grateful to NFL’s New York Jets for donating $40,000 worth of supplies such as uniforms and sports equipment. We also thank Chief of Community Affairs Bureau Joanne Jaffe and officers of Community Affairs Youth Services for their unstinting dedication to PAL youth.
Thanks to the efforts of PAL staff and NYPD officers, 89% of PAL teens say that their outlook toward the law enforcement community has improved.
As always, we are grateful for supporters like you for making PAL Cops and Kids possible - thank you.
Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL