The Police Athletic League of Manatee County is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible. Be sure to contact your tax advisor for details. To make a donation use the donation form below or donate via paypal:
Or, send a donation payable to PAL of Manatee County and mail to:
Cops and kids working together to make a difference.
“Putting Kids First”. The Police Athletic League (PAL) is a juvenile crime prevention program that relies heavily on athletics and recreational activities to tighten the bond between police officers and children in the community. PAL is based on the belief that children, if reached early enough, can develop a strong, positive, attitude towards law enforcement.
The Police Athletic League uses athletic and recreational programs as a tool, a way to involve children in the program. While involved with PAL, the message of avoiding gangs, drugs, alcohol, and other detriments, is discussed with the youngsters. Although nationally known as a recreation program, the Police Athletic League has adapted to the changing times. PAL programs now incorporate programs such as computer skills, mentoring, and homework help, to further aid our children.
Studies show that if a youngster responds to a police officer in a positive way on the ball field or in the classroom, he or she will very likely come to respect the laws that a police officer enforces. Such benefit to the youngsters and to the neighborhood and business community in which they grow up is virtually immeasurable.
PAL of Manatee County offers football, cheerleading, basketball, boxing, summer camp, and inline hockey programs. Our current membership is 878.
In Florida, there are 54 PAL chapters, serving 275,000 children.