Students receiving awards at the 2018 Erie PAL Camp.
The Erie Police Athletic League (PAL) returns for its third year with a weeklong summer camp, July 29 – Aug. 2 at the Gannon University Recreation and Wellness Center, 130 W. Fourth St.
At the PAL camp, children will be encouraged to participate in sports and activities such as basketball, swimming, and wrestling while being mentored by both law enforcement personnel and Gannon varsity coaches and student-athletes.
Evidence has shown that PAL programs help reduce crime, promote positive character development and improve children’s educational outcomes. Further, such programs engage children in a variety of activities that help them connect the dots between their actions today and their future.
The revival of the historic institution was brought about by a collaboration between the Erie Police Department, Gannon University, Erie School District, Gearing-Up After-School Program and Erie County Sherriff's department. The organizations hope to build relations between police and the community they serve, increase the number of mentors available to inner-city youth and help close the athletic gap by creating access to programming in the inner city.
Media Opportunities include:
Monday, July 29
10-10:30 a.m., Campus Tour / Basketball, Hammermill Center, 620 Peach Street Chairman Attorney, Ron DiNicola representing PAL
12:30-1:30 p.m., Criminal Justice & Forensics Demonstrations, Forensic Investigation Center, 246 W. Sixth St.
Wednesday, July 31
12-12:45 p.m., "Step Up" Training, Recreation & Wellness Center, 130 W. 4th St.
Friday, August 1
11:15 a.m. - 3 p.m. Awards Ceremony, Waldron Campus Center, 628 Peach St.
For media interviews, please contact Haley Figurski at 814-823-1886.