Ofc. Teresa Fuller
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 11:18 a.m.
The 2016 edition of the Spokane Police Activities League (PAL) is underway. Sessions began next yesterday, July 5th, 2016, at local parks and run through August. The popular PAL program returns even bigger than in previous years.
PAL hosts events in West Central, Hillyard and East Central, during July and August with the goal of increasing the level of respect, understanding and goodwill between Spokane area youth, community leaders, and members of the Spokane Police Department. This year, SPD has offered basketball, flag football, soccer and a running clinic. On Thursdays at Liberty Park, The First Tee of the Inland Northwest will host a pilot program to provide golf instruction for PAL youth.
SPD Officers engage local youth at every PAL session to build relationships and encourage healthy, positive choices. The program focuses on five core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, leadership and respect. When coaches see the kids display a core value, the kids get a raffle ticket to win prizes at the end of the day. Spokane Police have also partnered with Spokane Public Schools to provide a STEM activity during the camp. WSU Food $ense teaches youth about healthy choices. Spokane Parks and Recreation has opened their pools to PAL kids for swim lessons before park activities as well as open swim afterwards. Many of our YPI graduates have returned to be youth mentors to PAL’s younger kids.
Spokane PAL’s regular season round will run for six weeks. A post season BBQ will be held immediately following the regular season on Aug. 18 at Liberty Park, 1704 E. 4th Ave. from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Players from all three PAL programs will be presented with a t-shirt and certificate. In addition, raffle tickets earned during the regular season will be entered into a grand prize drawing for several items.
Spokane PAL is a partnership program developed by Spokane community leaders and the Spokane Police Department.
Officer John O'Brien