2003-07-04 / Sports

PAL Kicks Off 2003 Summer Playstreet Program

PAL Kicks Off 2003 Summer Playstreet Program

The Police Athletic League (PAL) launches its 2003 Summer Playstreet Program in Queens on Monday, July 7. Hundreds of PAL youngsters will play city sidewalk games, make arts and crafts, choose to read from a variety of books and make lots of new friends all summer long.

PAL’s Summer Playstreet Programp provides recreational activities in closed off playgrounds, schools and playstreets to give children a safe, supervised place to enjoy outdoot summer activities. Playsites offer sports, arts, crafts, games, music and dance. Mobile reading teachers will bring an assortment of books to selected locations to encourage summe rreading. PAL is operating in over 200 neighborhoods this summer, including 130 playsite programs and 40 of these playsites are located in housing developments, funded by the New York City Housing Authority.

Playsites are full-day programs, open Monday through Friday. PAL’s summer program also includes baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls, baseball rookie leagues, part-time police precinct programs, evening teenage programs, five Head Start programs and two day care programs.

"Since 1914, the reactions of mothers and children has been extremely favorable, allowing playstreets to reach an overwhelming number of neighborhoods. Playstreets are and will consistently be one of PAL’s most popular activities", says PAL Chairman Robert M. Morgenthau.

At over 150 locations this summer, PAL youngsters will participate in the Snapple PAL Summer Skelly Tournament. PAL children will use Snapple bottle caps when competing in the skelly tournament, which will culminate in August with city championships. Skelly is a classic New York City street game that has been played for more than 100 years. Snapple is a major supporter of PAL street games. The Metropolitan Life Foundation sponsors four PAL playsites and PAL day camps are extended for an additional week, thanks to a generous grant from the New York Life Foundation.

Founded in 1914, the Police Athletic League is the largest independent, nonprofit youth organization in New York City. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural, and social programs to more than 70,000 boys and girls annually. For more information, please contact the Police Athletic League at 212-477-9450.

PAL Summer Playsites

Carleton Manor Houses-7115 Beach Channel Drive.

Hammel Houses-8510 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Bayside Playground (JHS 180) 104th Street- Seaside Avenue&BCD

P.S. 225- 190 Beach 110 Street.

Macedonia Church- 330 Beach 67th Street.

Redfern Houses-14-56 BCD-Redfern Avenue and Hassock Street City Line.

Westbourne Playground P.S. 104- Bay 28 Street and Mott Avenue.

Ocean Bay Apartments- 434 BCD at 54th Street.


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