On July 10, 2018, hundreds of boys and girls celebrated at the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Harlem Center, located at 441 Manhattan Avenue, in a kick off of PAL’s Summer Programs that take place throughout the city. Youngsters enjoyed summertime fun and games, including rock climbing, nok hockey, tug-of-war, arts and crafts, sports and more.
Young people cooled off under a fire hydrant opened by PAL Executive Director Frederick Watts and other distinguished guests. Speakers included NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker and Bridget Brennan, Special Narcotics Prosecutor. PAL acknowledged its partnership with the NYPD by honoring Police Officers who have volunteered for PAL’s Cops & Kids program.
“I’m excited for the part where you go outside and play nok hockey,” said Kenned, 11, of PAL’s Polo Grounds Cornerstone Center. A fellow PAL youngster, Kiroto, 10, from the William J. Duncan Center, said that he was “excited to play the games and have fun with PAL officers.”
PAL summer programs take place throughout the five boroughs, providing Playstreets, sports leagues, including Cops & Kids teams and summer day camps. “This celebration served as a showcase for all the amazing activities PAL offers to New York City kids during the summer, including a wide range of field trips to explore new neighborhoods and experience different adventures,” said Frederick Watts, Executive Director, Police Athletic League. “We also want to take this opportunity to salute Robert Morgenthau, Chairman of the Police Athletic League, for his extraordinary commitment to PAL.”
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 35,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.
Photo Captions: 1-2) Police Athletic League Executive Director Frederick Watts opens a fire hydrant to celebrate the kick off of city-wide PAL Summer Programs in NYC along with distinguished guests The second photograph is a close-up of photo number one. 3) Youngsters celebrate Police Athletic League city-wide summer programs. Photo Credit: Love Haight Photography.