500 POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE CHILDREN ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF A SUMMER CARNIVAL!

 CONTACT:    Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

                                               

INVITATION TO COVER

EVENT:                   500 POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE CHILDREN ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND

SOUNDS OF A SUMMER CARNIVAL!

                                                           

                                    ☆        Carnival booths

                                    ☆        Potato sack races

                                    ☆        Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe

                                    ☆        Special guest Magician

                                    ☆        Face painting & cotton candy

                                                                                   

500 youngsters, ages 5 to 8, from all five boroughs celebrate PAL’s Summer Day Camps with a fun-filled day of games, activities and performances at a Carnival extravaganza! PAL transforms the city park into a summer oasis for children, in kindergarten to second grades.

 

DATE:                         Friday, July 19, 2019

TIME:                         10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. / Carnival Games

                                    11:05 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. / Break for Lunch

                                    11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. / Carnival Games

 

LOCATION:              Clove Lakes Park / 1150 Clove Road, Staten Island

On-site Contacts: Seth Pamperin (646) 276-2450, Dana Wheeler 646-799-8300

 

The Summer Day Camp Carnival promotes cooperation, camaraderie, sportsmanship and self-esteem through a variety of fun and exciting activities. The Police Athletic League’s Summer Day Camp serves over 2,000 elementary school youth annually. Our elementary programs run for seven weeks between July and August in 20 PAL Centers throughout the five boroughs, offering an alternative to families who can’t afford private camps or daycare services when school is out.

 

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM ON STATEN ISLAND

CONTACTS:  Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

                        Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League/ (212) 477-9450

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM ON STATEN ISLAND

 

For over 100 years, the Police Athletic League (PAL) has provided safe places to play and learn for thousands of children through its Summer Playstreets Program. PAL’s 2019 Summer Playstreets Program takes place in public areas, such as playgrounds and parks, throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities.

On Staten Island, Playstreets are open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 9th, and are free to all New York City children. PAL is operating 17 Playstreets throughout the five boroughs this summer, in addition to numerous sports leagues, including Cops & Kids, and summer day camps serving nearly 10,000 children. Playstreets activities include fitness challenges, nutrition education and basketball clinics and tournaments.

Through PAL FIT Challenges, which focus on combating childhood obesity, children have the opportunity to exercise and follow a healthy lifestyle. PAL’s nutrition education program teaches participants about healthy food choices while encouraging children to log their daily water consumption as part of a site-based challenge.

Playstreet basketball clinics take place Monday through Thursday and are open to boys and girls ages 5-17. Basketball clinics are split into three levels: biddies/pee wee, novice/junior and varsity. Biddies/pee wee clinics are available for children ages 5-8 and focus on fundamental skills such as footwork, layups, dribbling and passing. Novice/junior clinics are open to children ages 9-12 and focus on the development of skills taught in the biddies/pee wee clinic while incorporating defense strategies, rebounding and more advanced concepts. Children ages 13-17 can participate in Varsity Clinics, which cover higher-level team concepts, drills and age appropriate skill focus. Competitions, including three point/free throw contests and fitness obstacle courses, will also take place. Additionally, special themed 5-on-5 basketball tournaments are held every Thursday.

The PAL 2019 Summer Playstreet on Staten Island is located at Stapleton Houses, 6 Hill Street.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

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POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM IN MANHATTAN

CONTACTS:  Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

                        Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League/ (212) 477-9450

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM IN MANHATTAN

 

For over 100 years, the Police Athletic League (PAL) has provided safe places to play and learn for thousands of children through its Summer Playstreets Program. PAL’s 2019 Summer Playstreets Program takes place in public areas, such as playgrounds and parks, throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities.

In Manhattan, Playstreets are open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 9th, and are free to all New York City children. PAL is operating 17 Playstreets throughout the five boroughs this summer, in addition to numerous sports leagues, including Cops & Kids, and summer day camps serving nearly 10,000 children. Playstreets activities include fitness challenges, nutrition education and basketball clinics and tournaments.

Through PAL FIT Challenges, which focus on combating childhood obesity, children have the opportunity to exercise and follow a healthy lifestyle. PAL’s nutrition education program teaches participants about healthy food choices while encouraging children to log their daily water consumption as part of a site-based challenge.

Playstreet basketball clinics take place Monday through Thursday and are open to boys and girls ages 5-17. Basketball clinics are split into three levels: biddies/pee wee, novice/junior and varsity. Biddies/pee wee clinics are available for children ages 5-8 and focus on fundamental skills such as footwork, layups, dribbling and passing. Novice/junior clinics are open to children ages 9-12 and focus on the development of skills taught in the biddies/pee wee clinic while incorporating defense strategies, rebounding and more advanced concepts. Children ages 13-17 can participate in Varsity Clinics, which cover higher-level team concepts, drills and age appropriate skill focus. Competitions, including three point/free throw contests and fitness obstacle courses, will also take place. Additionally, special themed 5-on-5 basketball tournaments are held every Thursday.

PAL 2019 Summer Playstreets locations in Manhattan include Wagner Houses, 50 Paladino Avenue; St. Nicholas Houses, 237 W 127th Street, and 123rd Street and Lexington Avenue, 170 E 123rd Street.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

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PAL YOUNGSTERS CELEBRATE CITY-WIDE SUMMER PROGRAMS IN NYC

CONTACT:      Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

 

INVITATION TO COVER

 

EVENT:                      PAL YOUNGSTERS CELEBRATE CITY-WIDE                                 

                                    SUMMER PROGRAMS IN NYC

 

                                    Honoring PAL’s partnership with the NYPD

 

Hundreds of children enjoy summertime fun and games -- double dutch jump rope, nok hockey, hopscotch, tug-of-war, face-painting, balloon making, sports, rock climbing -- to celebrate the Police Athletic League’s Summer Programs throughout the city.  Children cool off under a fire hydrant opened by distinguished guests.

 

PAL celebrates its partnership with the NYPD by acknowledging Police Officers who have volunteered for PAL’s Cops & Kids program.

 

PAL youngsters and members of the NYPD compete in Tug-of-War, and the NYPD provides a portable rock climbing wall.

 

DATE:                        Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TIME:                         10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PLACE:                      PAL Harlem Center / 441 Manhattan Avenue at 119th Street

 

INVITED GUESTS INCLUDE:

James O’Neill, NYPD Police Commissioner & Honorary PAL President

Benjamin Tucker, NYPD First Deputy Commissioner

Bridget Brennan, NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor

Robert M. Morgenthau, Former Manhattan District Attorney, PAL Chairman

John A. Catsimatidis, PAL Vice Chairman
Robert J. McGuire, Former NYC Police Commissioner, PAL Vice Chairman  

David J. Arena, PAL President   

 

PAL Summer programs take place throughout the five boroughs, providing Playstreets, sports leagues including Cops & Kids teams and day camps, serving nearly 5,000 children. In PAL Summer Day Camps, children develop their creativity through arts and crafts, explore the city on trips to museums and other sites, enjoy sports activities, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists.  PAL Playstreets is the signature summer program of the organization.  Playstreets program uses parks and other public areas throughout New York City to give children safe, supervised places to play.  Playstreets operate at locations in all boroughs, Monday through Thursday, 11a.m. to 4 p.m., and are free to all New York City children.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM IN QUEENS

CONTACTS:  Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

                        Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League/ (212) 477-9450

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM IN QUEENS

 

For over 100 years, the Police Athletic League (PAL) has provided safe places to play and learn for thousands of children through its Summer Playstreets Program. PAL’s 2019 Summer Playstreets Program takes place in public areas, such as playgrounds and parks, throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities.

In Queens, Playstreets are open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 9th, and are free to all New York City children. PAL is operating 17 Playstreets throughout the five boroughs this summer, in addition to numerous sports leagues, including Cops & Kids, and summer day camps serving nearly 10,000 children. Playstreets activities include fitness challenges, nutrition education and basketball clinics and tournaments.

Through PAL FIT Challenges, which focus on combating childhood obesity, children have the opportunity to exercise and follow a healthy lifestyle. PAL’s nutrition education program teaches participants about healthy food choices while encouraging children to log their daily water consumption as part of a site-based challenge.

Playstreet basketball clinics take place Monday through Thursday and are open to boys and girls ages 5-17. Basketball clinics are split into three levels: biddies/pee wee, novice/junior and varsity. Biddies/pee wee clinics are available for children ages 5-8 and focus on fundamental skills such as footwork, layups, dribbling and passing. Novice/junior clinics are open to children ages 9-12 and focus on the development of skills taught in the biddies/pee wee clinic while incorporating defense strategies, rebounding and more advanced concepts. Children ages 13-17 can participate in Varsity Clinics, which cover higher-level team concepts, drills and age appropriate skill focus. Competitions, including three point/free throw contests and fitness obstacle courses, will also take place. Additionally, special themed 5-on-5 basketball tournaments are held every Thursday.

PAL 2019 Summer Playstreet in Queens is located at Queensbridge Houses, 41-15 12th Street, Long Island City.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

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POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM IN THE BRONX

CONTACTS:  Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

                        Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League/ (212) 477-9450

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM IN THE BRONX

 

For over 100 years, the Police Athletic League (PAL) has provided safe places to play and learn for thousands of children through its Summer Playstreets Program. PAL’s 2019 Summer Playstreets Program takes place in public areas, such as playgrounds and parks, throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities.

In the Bronx, Playstreets are open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 9th, and are free to all New York City children. PAL is operating 17 Playstreets throughout the five boroughs this summer, in addition to numerous sports leagues, including Cops & Kids, and summer day camps serving nearly 10,000 children. Playstreets activities include fitness challenges, nutrition education and basketball clinics and tournaments.

Through PAL FIT Challenges, which focus on combating childhood obesity, children have the opportunity to exercise and follow a healthy lifestyle. PAL’s nutrition education program teaches participants about healthy food choices while encouraging children to log their daily water consumption as part of a site-based challenge.

Playstreet basketball clinics take place Monday through Thursday and are open to boys and girls ages 5-17. Basketball clinics are split into three levels: biddies/pee wee, novice/junior and varsity. Biddies/pee wee clinics are available for children ages 5-8 and focus on fundamental skills such as footwork, layups, dribbling and passing. Novice/junior clinics are open to children ages 9-12 and focus on the development of skills taught in the biddies/pee wee clinic while incorporating defense strategies, rebounding and more advanced concepts. Children ages 13-17 can participate in Varsity Clinics, which cover higher-level team concepts, drills and age appropriate skill focus. Competitions, including three point/free throw contests and fitness obstacle courses, will also take place. Additionally, special themed 5-on-5 basketball tournaments are held every Thursday.

PAL 2019 Summer Playstreets locations in the Bronx include Patterson Houses, 705 Courtlandt Avenue; Butler Houses, 758 Manida Street; Clark Playground, 342 E 144th Street; Randall’s Playground, 2180 Randall Avenue; 196th Street and Bainbridge Avenue, 279 E 196th Street, and Beck Street, 676 Beck Street.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

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 POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM IN BROOKLYN 

CONTACTS:  Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League/ (212) 477-9450

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SUMMER PLAYSTREETS PROGRAM IN BROOKLYN

 

For over 100 years, the Police Athletic League (PAL) has provided safe places to play and learn for thousands of children through its Summer Playstreets Program. PAL’s 2019 Summer Playstreets Program takes place in public areas, such as playgrounds and parks, throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities.

In Brooklyn, Playstreets are open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 9th, and are free to all New York City children. PAL is operating 17 Playstreets throughout the five boroughs this summer, in addition to numerous sports leagues, including Cops & Kids, and summer day camps serving nearly 10,000 children. Playstreets activities include fitness challenges, nutrition education and basketball clinics and tournaments.

Through PAL FIT Challenges, which focus on combating childhood obesity, children have the opportunity to exercise and follow a healthy lifestyle. PAL’s nutrition education program teaches participants about healthy food choices while encouraging children to log their daily water consumption as part of a site-based challenge.

Playstreet basketball clinics take place Monday through Thursday and are open to boys and girls ages 5-17. Basketball clinics are split into three levels: biddies/pee wee, novice/junior and varsity. Biddies/pee wee clinics are available for children ages 5-8 and focus on fundamental skills such as footwork, layups, dribbling and passing. Novice/junior clinics are open to children ages 9-12 and focus on the development of skills taught in the biddies/pee wee clinic while incorporating defense strategies, rebounding and more advanced concepts. Children ages 13-17 can participate in Varsity Clinics, which cover higher-level team concepts, drills and age appropriate skill focus. Competitions, including three point/free throw contests and fitness obstacle courses, will also take place. Additionally, special themed 5-on-5 basketball tournaments are held every Thursday.

PAL 2019 Summer Playstreets locations in Brooklyn include Fox Playground, 5324 Avenue H; Howard Playground, 60 Glenmore Avenue; Coffey Park, 31 Centre Mall; Bushwick Houses, 372 Bushwick Avenue; Dr. Green Park, 500 Mother Gaston Boulevard, and Tompkins Houses, 77 Tompkins Avenue.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

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POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S JUNIOR POLICE JAMBOREE

EVENT:                      POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S JUNIOR POLICE JAMBOREE

 

Over 300 Junior Police participants, ages 8 to 13, from Police Athletic League (PAL) Centers across the five boroughs gather for the Annual Junior Police Jamboree.  The young “recruits” will complete drills with NYPD officers and demonstrate what they have learned about safety, community, service, leadership, team building and building relationships.  NYPD’s Ceremonial Unit, Community Affairs Bureau and Liaison Officers initiate PAL’s Junior Police members and the young people will take the Junior Police Pledge.

 

PAL’s Junior Police Club is a leadership development program, whose members work toward the completion of civic projects during PAL’s After School Program. Through partnership with the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau, the program fosters positive relations between youth and police officers, while teaching young people a sense of leadership and a responsibility to give back to their communities.

 

 

DATE:                        Wednesday, June 19, 2019

 

TIME:                         5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

                                                                                   

LOCATION:              PAL Edward Byrne Center

                                    116-25 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens

                                    On-site Contacts:

Seth Pamperin 646-276-2450, Dana Wheeler 646-799-8300

 

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

 CONTACT:    Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

                       

STATEN ISLAND YOUNGSTERS WIN POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST

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STATEN ISLAND YOUNGSTERS WIN

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST 

On May 31, 2019, the Police Athletic League (PAL) held its annual Poetry Jam, showcasing the winners of the PAL Arts After-School Program’s annual Poetry Writing Contest, at Affirmation Arts in Manhattan. This year’s theme and corresponding title of the 2019 Poetry Anthology is Identity. Dana Wheeler, PAL Director of Education and Program Development, said, “This is an exciting event because we see substantial growth in the students from the beginning of the year, and it allows us to celebrate and acknowledge their efforts in a beautiful space.”

Each year, PAL After-School Program participants, representing different cultural backgrounds, age groups and New York City neighborhoods, come together to express themselves through poetry. They skillfully use language, along with poetry-writing and public-speaking techniques developed through collaboration with Leigh Mills, Libby Mislan and Allan Bounville of the Community Word Project, to produce a look into their identity.

Placing an emphasis on creativity and the imagination, the annual Poetry Jam acknowledges the talent of children from PAL centers citywide. The winning poems were compiled in an anthology, featuring the original poetry and artwork of students across the five boroughs, including Staten Island resident, Grace.

Grace, an eighth grader from PAL Port Richmond, said, “I was having a bad day when I wrote this and I didn’t have a vent buddy with whom I could share what I was feeling. The box is a figurative representation of how I concealed my emotions until I found my voice.” Her poem, “The Box and the Voice,” is featured in the anthology.

The Box and the Voice

She doesn’t speak about it,

She writes about it instead.

She doesn’t show anybody,

She puts it in the box instead.

She doesn’t like the box,

She puts it on the high shelf instead.

She doesn’t use her voice to express her frustration and anger,

She uses her utensil and her box instead.

Things weren’t getting better with just her box,

She needed her voice too.

Nobody would know how she was feeling,

Without her voice, until they did.

– Grace, 8th Grade, PAL Port Richmond

Following the presentations of featured works, the event concluded with the distribution of plaques acknowledging the artistic abilities of winning students.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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Photo Caption:

Grace, Staten Island resident, winner of PAL 2019 Poetry Writing Contest

Photo Courtesy of Police Athletic League

QUEENS YOUNGSTERS WIN POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST 

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QUEENS YOUNGSTERS WIN

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST 

On May 31, 2019, the Police Athletic League (PAL) held its annual Poetry Jam, showcasing the winners of the PAL Arts After-School Program’s annual Poetry Writing Contest, at Affirmation Arts in Manhattan. This year’s theme and corresponding title of the 2019 Poetry Anthology is Identity. Dana Wheeler, PAL Director of Education and Program Development, said, “This is an exciting event because we see substantial growth in the students from the beginning of the year, and it allows us to celebrate and acknowledge their efforts in a beautiful space.”

Each year, PAL After-School Program participants, representing different cultural backgrounds, age groups and New York City neighborhoods, come together to express themselves through poetry. They skillfully use language, along with poetry-writing and public-speaking techniques developed through collaboration with Leigh Mills, Libby Mislan and Allan Bounville of the Community Word Project, to produce a look into their identity.

Placing an emphasis on creativity and the imagination, the annual Poetry Jam acknowledges the talent of children from PAL centers citywide. The winning poems were compiled in an anthology, featuring the original poetry and artwork of students across the five boroughs, including Queens resident, Talise.

Talise, a seventh grader from PAL Pathways Prep, said, “I wanted to express the importance of the time I get to spend with family. No matter what is happening in our lives, we all come together and my cousins and I play around.” Her poem, “Fourth of July,” is featured in the anthology.

Dark blue skies

Stars in children’s eyes.

It’s a fun day for all that’s alive.

America’s gift for those loved and lost.

Only once a year but that’s okay.

For it takes place over summer break.

A day for all to celebrate.

The special time for America’s greatest day.

Food and fireworks and children play.

I’m talking about the 4th of July.

Yay!

– Talise, 7th Grade, PAL Pathways Prep

Following the presentations of featured works, the event concluded with the distribution of plaques acknowledging the artistic abilities of winning students.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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Photo Caption:

Talise, Queens resident, winner of PAL 2019 Poetry Writing Contest

Photo Courtesy of Police Athletic League

BRONX YOUNGSTERS WIN POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST

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BRONX YOUNGSTERS WIN

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST 

On May 31, 2019, the Police Athletic League (PAL) held its annual Poetry Jam, showcasing the winners of the PAL Arts After-School Program’s annual Poetry Writing Contest, at Affirmation Arts in Manhattan. This year’s theme and corresponding title of the 2019 Poetry Anthology is Identity. Dana Wheeler, PAL Director of Education and Program Development, said, “This is an exciting event because we see substantial growth in the students from the beginning of the year, and it allows us to celebrate and acknowledge their efforts in a beautiful space.”

Each year, PAL After-School Program participants, representing different cultural backgrounds, age groups and New York City neighborhoods, come together to express themselves through poetry. They skillfully use language, along with poetry-writing and public-speaking techniques developed through collaboration with Leigh Mills, Libby Mislan and Allan Bounville of the Community Word Project, to produce a look into their identity.

Placing an emphasis on creativity and the imagination, the annual Poetry Jam acknowledges the talent of children from PAL centers citywide. The winning poems were compiled in an anthology, featuring the original poetry and artwork of students across the five boroughs, including Bronx resident, Pavani.

Pavani, a fourth grader from PAL PS 47, wrote the poem, “The Sun Rises,” which is featured in the anthology.

The sun rises in the moonlight

Little stars fading light

The sun sparkles in the clouds

The rain came falling down

Look at a rainbow glistening up high

Right down to town right on my side

The rain stopped and is getting slower every minute

The sun is shining like a diamond every second

The sun is fading, it’s light

So the moon could have its spotlight

Stars are glistening high and low

Like a concert they are going to go

Let’s look high and low to see this spectacular show

– Pavani, 4th Grade, PAL PS 47

Following the presentations of featured works, the event concluded with the distribution of plaques acknowledging the artistic abilities of winning students.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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Photo Caption:

Pavani, Bronx resident, winner of PAL 2019 Poetry Writing Contest

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BROOKLYN YOUNGSTERS WIN POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST

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BROOKLYN YOUNGSTERS WIN

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST 

On May 31, 2019, the Police Athletic League (PAL) held its annual Poetry Jam, showcasing the winners of the PAL Arts After-School Program’s annual Poetry Writing Contest, at Affirmation Arts in Manhattan. This year’s theme and corresponding title of the 2019 Poetry Anthology is Identity. Dana Wheeler, PAL Director of Education and Program Development, said, “This is an exciting event because we see substantial growth in the students from the beginning of the year, and it allows us to celebrate and acknowledge their efforts in a beautiful space.”

Each year, PAL After-School Program participants, representing different cultural backgrounds, age groups and New York City neighborhoods, come together to express themselves through poetry. They skillfully use language, along with poetry-writing and public-speaking techniques developed through collaboration with Leigh Mills, Libby Mislan and Allan Bounville of the Community Word Project, to produce a look into their identity.

Placing an emphasis on creativity and the imagination, the annual Poetry Jam acknowledges the talent of children from PAL centers citywide. The winning poems were compiled in an anthology, featuring the original poetry and artwork of students across the five boroughs, including Brooklyn resident, Laylah.

Laylah, a third grader from PAL Breukelen Cornerstone, said, “My grandma made cupcakes with lemon frosting, but my favorite kind is chocolate. After I threw the lemon cupcake away, I had a nightmare.” Her poem, “Cupcake,” is featured in the anthology.

Once I had a cupcake with lemon frosting.

I threw it in the garbage then it came to haunt me in my dreams.

When I went to the living room to watch tv, I saw the cupcake army.

When my aunt came the cupcake was gone.

I told my aunt and she said “I was using my imagination.”

When she left I took a nap, I saw a cupcake

when I woke up my mom came and I told her what happened.

She said eat a candy bar.

I did.

My cupcake fear was gone then I had a candy bar every day at school.

– Laylah, 3rd Grade, PAL Breukelen Cornerstone

Following the presentations of featured works, the event concluded with the distribution of plaques acknowledging the artistic abilities of winning students.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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Photo Caption:

Laylah, Brooklyn resident, winner of PAL 2019 Poetry Writing Contest

Photo Courtesy of Police Athletic League

CONTACT: Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

MANHATTAN YOUNGSTERS WIN POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST

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MANHATTAN YOUNGSTERS WIN

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POETRY WRITING CONTEST 

On May 31, 2019, the Police Athletic League (PAL) held its annual Poetry Jam, showcasing the winners of the PAL Arts After-School Program’s annual Poetry Writing Contest, at Affirmation Arts in Manhattan. This year’s theme and corresponding title of the 2019 Poetry Anthology is Identity. Dana Wheeler, PAL Director of Education and Program Development, said, “This is an exciting event because we see substantial growth in the students from the beginning of the year, and it allows us to celebrate and acknowledge their efforts in a beautiful space.”

Each year, PAL After-School Program participants, representing different cultural backgrounds, age groups and New York City neighborhoods, come together to express themselves through poetry. They skillfully use language, along with poetry-writing and public-speaking techniques developed through collaboration with Leigh Mills, Libby Mislan and Allan Bounville of the Community Word Project, to produce a look into their identity.

Placing an emphasis on creativity and the imagination, the annual Poetry Jam acknowledges the talent of children from PAL centers citywide. The winning poems were compiled in an anthology, featuring the original poetry and artwork of students across the five boroughs, including Manhattan resident, Nygerria.

Nygerria, a sixth grader from the PAL Harlem Center, said, “I was mad at something that had happened at school, so as soon as I got home, I started writing. I just put everything on paper.” Her poem, “Mirror of Bradley,” is featured in the anthology.

By the words that were spoken

My heart remains broken

My soul, my soul left body and I ask the question.

How could he?

While my eyes released the tears that my empty soul now soaks within.

Right now by the sounds, the winds are strong and rough.

I left at an early age, life can be so tough

Love can make you fly

Soar across the skies

Love can break your heart and believe in a brand new start.

Love is filled with “why,” “how,” and mulling.

So Bradley as I look at you in.

– Nygerria, 6th Grade, PAL Harlem Center

Following the presentations of featured works, the event concluded with the distribution of plaques acknowledging the artistic abilities of winning students.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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Photo Caption:

PAL 2019 Poetry Writing Contest winners and their families gather at Affirmation Arts in Manhattan.

Photo Courtesy of Police Athletic League

CONTACT: Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

Teenager Beyonce Dennis Wins “Top Cop” Position as Police Commissioner

EVENT:                      POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE'S POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR A DAY ESSAY CONTEST

Beyonce Dennis is sworn in as Police Commissioner For A Day by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. Over 140 youngsters are assigned for the day to deputy commissioners, police chiefs, borough commanders and precinct captains throughout the five boroughs. Essay contest winner Beyonce Dennis will accompany Commissioner O’Neill on his official police duties.

Charles Stillman, PAL Board member, will participate in the ceremony.    

 

DATE/TIME:              Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        

                                    Swearing-in Ceremony

 

PLACE:                      Police Headquarters / Auditorium

One Police Plaza / Manhattan

 

After the swearing-in ceremony, the newest members of the police department proceed to their respective commands at Police Headquarters and at local precincts throughout the five boroughs. They will also tour the Highway and Harbor Patrols, the Mounted Police and the Canine, Aviation and Emergency Service Units.

Police Commissioner For A Day is a city-wide essay contest organized annually by the Police Athletic League. Contestants write essays about programs they would implement to improve the city, if they were the Police Commissioner. The question posed by the Police Commissioner for the 2019 contest is: “What do you see as the most critical issue in your neighborhood that you would like to address as Police Commissioner for a Day? What ideas do you have to address this critical issue?”

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 CONTACT:     Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

 

MANHATTAN YOUNGSTERS ARE PATROL BOROUGH COMMANDERS FOR A DAY

EVENT:                      POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE'S POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR A DAY ESSAY CONTEST

Manhattan teens Genesis Saldaña and Ethan Shenker are sworn in as Commanding Officers of Patrol Borough Manhattan North and South by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. Over 140 youngsters are assigned for the day to deputy commissioners, police chiefs, borough commanders and precinct captains throughout the five boroughs. Manhattan teens Genesis Saldaña and Ethan Shenker will accompany Manhattan Borough Commanders on official police duties.

Charles Stillman, PAL Board member, will participate in the ceremony.    

 

DATE/TIME:              Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        

                                    Swearing-in Ceremony

 

PLACE:                      Police Headquarters / Auditorium

One Police Plaza / Manhattan

 

After the swearing-in ceremony, the newest members of the police department proceed to their respective commands at Police Headquarters and at local precincts throughout the five boroughs. They will also tour the Highway and Harbor Patrols, the Mounted Police and the Canine, Aviation and Emergency Service Units.

Police Commissioner For A Day is a city-wide essay contest organized annually by the Police Athletic League. Contestants write essays about programs they would implement to improve the city, if they were the Police Commissioner. The question posed by the Police Commissioner for the 2019 contest is: “What do you see as the most critical issue in your neighborhood that you would like to address as Police Commissioner for a Day? What ideas do you have to address this critical issue?”

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

CONTACT: Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

STATEN ISLAND YOUNGSTER IS PATROL BOROUGH COMMANDER FOR A DAY

 

EVENT:                      POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR A DAY ESSAY CONTEST

Staten Island teen Franklin Pirozzolo is sworn in as Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Staten Island by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. Over 140 youngsters in all are assigned for the day to deputy commissioners, police chiefs, borough commanders and precinct captains throughout the five boroughs. Franklin Pirozzolo will accompany the Staten Island Borough Commander on official police duties.

Charles Stillman, PAL Board member, will participate in the ceremony.    

 

DATE/TIME:              Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        

                                    Swearing-in Ceremony

 

PLACE:                      Police Headquarters / Auditorium

One Police Plaza / Manhattan

 

After the swearing-in ceremony, the newest members of the police department proceed to their respective commands at Police Headquarters and at local precincts throughout the five boroughs. They will also tour the Highway and Harbor Patrols, the Mounted Police and the Canine, Aviation and Emergency Service Units.

Police Commissioner For A Day is a city-wide essay contest organized annually by the Police Athletic League. Contestants write essays about programs they would implement to improve the city, if they were the Police Commissioner. The question posed by the Police Commissioner for the 2019 contest is: “What do you see as the most critical issue in your neighborhood that you would like to address as Police Commissioner for a Day? What ideas do you have to address this critical issue?”

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 CONTACT:    Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

QUEENS YOUNGSTERS ARE PATROL BOROUGH COMMANDERS FOR A DAY

EVENT:                      POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE'S POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR A DAY ESSAY CONTEST

Queens teens Anneliese Davis and Scott Morsette are sworn in as Commanding Officers of Patrol Borough Queens South and North by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. Over 140 youngsters are assigned for the day to deputy commissioners, police chiefs, borough commanders and precinct captains throughout the five boroughs. Anneliese Davis and Scott Morsette will accompany Queens Borough Commanders on official police duties.

Charles Stillman, PAL Board member, will participate in the ceremony.    

 

DATE/TIME:              Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        

                                    Swearing-in Ceremony

 

PLACE:                      Police Headquarters / Auditorium

One Police Plaza / Manhattan

 

After the swearing-in ceremony, the newest members of the police department proceed to their respective commands at Police Headquarters and at local precincts throughout the five boroughs. They will also tour the Highway and Harbor Patrols, the Mounted Police and the Canine, Aviation and Emergency Service Units.

Police Commissioner For A Day is a city-wide essay contest organized annually by the Police Athletic League. Contestants write essays about programs they would implement to improve the city, if they were the Police Commissioner. The question posed by the Police Commissioner for the 2019 contest is: “What do you see as the most critical issue in your neighborhood that you would like to address as Police Commissioner for a Day? What ideas do you have to address this critical issue?”

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

CONTACT:    Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

BROOKLYN YOUNGSTERS ARE PATROL BOROUGH COMMANDERS FOR A DAY

 EVENT:                      POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE'S POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR A DAY ESSAY CONTEST

Brooklyn teens Kira Minott and Angelina Delli Bovi are sworn in as Commanding Officers of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North and South by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. Over 140 youngsters are assigned for the day to deputy commissioners, police chiefs, borough commanders and precinct captains throughout the five boroughs. Kira Minott and Angelina Delli Bovi will accompany Brooklyn Borough Commanders on official police duties.

Charles Stillman, PAL Board member, will participate in the ceremony.    

 

DATE/TIME:              Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        

                                    Swearing-in Ceremony

 

PLACE:                      Police Headquarters / Auditorium

One Police Plaza / Manhattan

 

After the swearing-in ceremony, the newest members of the police department proceed to their respective commands at Police Headquarters and at local precincts throughout the five boroughs. They will also tour the Highway and Harbor Patrols, the Mounted Police and the Canine, Aviation and Emergency Service Units.

Police Commissioner For A Day is a city-wide essay contest organized annually by the Police Athletic League. Contestants write essays about programs they would implement to improve the city, if they were the Police Commissioner. The question posed by the Police Commissioner for the 2019 contest is: “What do you see as the most critical issue in your neighborhood that you would like to address as Police Commissioner for a Day? What ideas do you have to address this critical issue?”

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 CONTACT:     Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

 

BRONX YOUNGSTER IS PATROL BOROUGH COMMANDER FOR A DAY

 

EVENT:                      POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE'S POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR A DAY ESSAY CONTEST

Bronx teen Kiara Mojica is sworn in as Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Bronx by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. Over 140 youngsters are assigned for the day to deputy commissioners, police chiefs, borough commanders and precinct captains throughout the five boroughs. Kiara Mojica will accompany the Bronx Borough Commander on official police duties.

Charles Stillman, PAL Board member, will participate in the ceremony.

                                                                          

DATE/TIME:              Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        

                                    Swearing-in Ceremony

 

PLACE:                      Police Headquarters / Auditorium

One Police Plaza / Manhattan

 

After the swearing-in ceremony, the newest members of the police department proceed to their respective commands at Police Headquarters and at local precincts throughout the five boroughs. They will also tour the Highway and Harbor Patrols, the Mounted Police and the Canine, Aviation and Emergency Service Units.

Police Commissioner For A Day is a city-wide essay contest organized annually by the Police Athletic League. Contestants write essays about programs they would implement to improve the city, if they were the Police Commissioner. The question posed by the Police Commissioner for the 2019 contest is: “What do you see as the most critical issue in your neighborhood that you would like to address as Police Commissioner for a Day? What ideas do you have to address this critical issue?”

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

CONTACT:    Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

Police Athletic League GIRLSPORT DAY Encourages Girls to Get In the Game

EVENT:                     Police Athletic League GIRLSPORT DAY Encourages Girls to Get In the Game

Join young girls for the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Annual GirlSport Day with PAL centers from across the five boroughs. Over 170 girls in fourth through eighth grades participate in an afternoon of fun and fitness as they compete in Basketball, Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Relay Races, Double Dutch Jump Rope, and sports-related obstacle course.  The Annual PAL GirlSport Day is part of the health and fitness component of PAL’s After School programs, encouraging children to focus on active lifestyles and develop positive attitudes towards wellness.

DATE:                          Friday, April 26, 2019

TIME:                           12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               

    

LOCATION:                  PAL’s Harlem Center 441 Manhattan Avenue / Manhattan

On-site contact: Brian Bourgouin 347-380-0260

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

CONTACTS:         Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

                                Frederick J. Watts /Police Athletic League/(212) 477-9450