Suffolk County Police Athletic League (PAL)
The Suffolk County Police Athletic League (PAL) is a nonprofit organization that utilizes sports and extracurricular activities to form a bond between Police Officers and young members of the community. The goal of PAL is to engage our youth with positive interactions with officers in hopes of decreasing the lure of gangs, drugs, and other delinquent behavior.
The various PAL programs reach more than 20,000 children engaging them in a variety of a sports and other recreational activities. PAL is proud to host the largest youth football program in New York State and the largest youth lacrosse program in the world. In recent years Suffolk County PAL Lacrosse Program teamed up with Nassau County PAL Lacrosse Program creating a combined league. This allows for more competition and more diverse experiences for the youth Lacrosse players on Long Island. In recent PAL has sponsored Senior All-Star Games for Football and Girls, Boys, and Unified Basketball Senior athletes.
PAL offers numerous youth soccer and basketball programs in several different communities throughout Suffolk County. In Wyandanch, Patchogue-Medford, and Huntington towns; PAL along with the CLOs, (Community Liaison Officer) and community members host soccer clinics during the spring and fall months where youth players learn different soccer skills along with good sportsmanship. During the winter months, PAL and The Wyandanch Youth Services provide indoor soccer for participants to continue better their skills. With the efforts of continuing such successful programs, PAL started hosting soccer clinics to the Central Islip Community. Following the spring season, PAL hosts a competitive outdoor basketball league for ages 5-17. With over 500 players and coaches, they together compete in a 6-week program with practices and weekly games resulting in championships. Unlike other PAL sports program, PAL Boxing at the Brentwood Recreational Center is a year-long program where participants have the flexibility to attend when convenient for them and their families. Youth participants work alongside community members, coaches, and Police Officers to not only compete, but to learn a good work ethic and accountability skills. In addition to team sports programs, PAL offers cooking classes, painting classes, karate classes, Swim for Survival Courses, fishing trips, mentoring programs, and ice-skating sessions.
Cooking and Painting classes are hosted in several communities throughout Suffolk County, including BOCES Campuses, Homeless Shelters, and various school districts after school programs. Community Relations Bureau personnel along with a chef and an artist teach valuable cooking and creative skills in a fun and friendly environment. The officers assist the children as they prepare recipes and portraits designed by the chef or the artist. PAL sponsors many of these events by providing funding for food items, the portable cooking equipment, and painting tools necessary to bring the program on the road.
PAL continues to provide support and funding for karate classes with an experienced Sensei. PAL along with the YMCA host Swim for Survival courses in the spring to allow new swimmers the comfortability with water along with the basic skills of swimming. PAL sponsors Skate with a Cop sessions in Wyandanch and Dix Hills. These events allow community members to experience ice skating right alongside Suffolk County Police Officers. PAL also continues to support the Wyandanch Summer Youth Camp Program which provides young campers mentoring by First Precinct SROs during a 5-week program. Campers learn lessons in safety, bullying, internet safety, self-esteem building, and drug awareness. They attend numerous trips to museums, farms and parks, exposing them to new experiences.
The Suffolk County Police Athletic League is very proud to be the sponsors and hosts of all the programs throughout Suffolk County. PAL, through athletics and extracurricular activities, provides positive experiences for the youth of Suffolk County and help them on their journey to being a responsible and productive adult. PAL will continue to strive for excellence while working with community members to ensure the success and safety of the youth within Suffolk County.
Suffolk PAL Website
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