2009-07-10 / Sports

PAL Kicks Off Summer Play Street Program

The Police Athletic League (PAL) will launch its 2009 Summer Program on Monday, July 6. Rockaway will host two play streets that offer sports, arts and crafts, games, music and dance.

PAL's Summer Play Street Program closes off streets and utilizes other public areas, such as playgrounds and parks to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities.

The sites will be Redfern Playground located on Beach 12 Street and Redfern Avenue and Westbourne Playground on Mott Avenue and Bay 25 Street. Play Streets are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through August 21, and are free to all children.

Youngsters play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists.

Featured activities include Double Dutch jump rope, Hopscotch, Nok Hockey and basketball. PAL is operating throughout the five boroughs this summer, including more than 75 Play Streets, 58 cops and kids flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer and softball teams, and day camps.

This year, MetLife Foundation and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation are sponsoring the Play Street program. The Police Athletic League, founded in 1914, has been serving New York City's young people for 95 years. It is the city's largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.

For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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