End of the Year PAL BBQ this Thursday

Ofc. Teresa Fuller

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 3:43 p.m.

The Spokane Police Activities League (PAL) celebrates over 300 PAL athletes (DOUBLE what we had last year) after their six week season with a barbeque and awards ceremony this Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 11:30am- 2:30pm at Liberty Park, 1700 E. 3rd Ave.

PAL players and their families are invited to join our end of summer BBQ celebration. Chief Meidl, Mayor Condon and other community leaders will congratulate the youth on their participation in our six week program. Following the awards ceremony, families are invited to enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs and open swim at Liberty Pool.

In order to promote healthy, educational motivation, we focused on 5 core values (integrity, honesty, leadership, responsibility, and sportsmanship) and discussed these core values during each session. When youth demonstrated PAL’s core values, they were given raffle tickets and at the end of each session, the tickets were drawn for donated prizes, highlighting the importance of the core values. There will be an end of season raffle during the barbecue for larger prizes for participating youth. 2nd Harvest Food and WSU Food Sense will be at the park providing food for those in need.

The program was initiated in the spring of 2013 as a partnership program developed by Spokane community leaders and the Spokane Police Department through the formation of a summer basketball league and related outreach activities. During the pilot project in 2013 we engaged 32 youth in positive athletic, academic and community service programs in an effort to help secure their path to a successful, healthy adulthood. This year we have had over 300 youth registered for our programs, hosted by Cannon Park in the West Central neighborhood, Harmon Park in the Hillyard neighborhood and Liberty Park in the East Central neighborhood.

Each year the program has continued to grow, not only in participant numbers, but in the types of activities the kids can take part in. This year running, flag football, soccer and golf were added to the already established swim lessons and basketball. Additionally, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity was led by members of Spokane Public Schools. Many thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, and officers who all work together to make PAL successful every year!

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