Last month, we hosted our first “Holiday Camp” for PAL afterschool youth on their winter break. In this camp, PAL provides all-day recreational and learning activities for children while they are off from school. Like in the years past, this included an opportunity for our campers from all five boroughs to come together for friendly intramural competitions at the annual PAL Tournament of Champions at Edward Byrne Center in Queens.
This competitive event has something fun for every one of our children – from Connect Four for the Kindergarteners to STEM challenges for our middle-school youth. Of course, we also organized an intramural basketball tournament – for the best of the best middle-school players at PAL! You can catch a glimpse of all this fun on our Facebook page.
This year’s PAL Tournament of Champions was also notable for another reason. Our centers came together to celebrate a dedicated mentor at PAL, NYPD Officer Lamont Anderson. Officer Anderson is retiring this month and we wanted to thank him for mentoring and inspiring hundreds of PAL children and teens in Queens for the past 15 years. He embodies the spirit and enthusiasm that is at the core of PAL’s relationship with the NYPD. Thank you Officer Anderson for your service to PAL youth and New York City.
To the NYPD and all members of law enforcement– we thank you for your service, and are grateful to have such a supportive partner in our mission to be “The Best Friend A Kid Can Have.”
And as always, we thank you for caring about PAL’s mission. Your support is what keeps PAL youth thriving all year round.
Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL