2010-03-05 / Sports

PAL Games Day Tournament of Champions

Key Shane, 11, (left) and Shataysia, 10, from PAL’s Far Rockaway Center at Goldie Maple Academy in Queens compete in the Foosball Tournament during PAL’s Games Day. Key Shane, 11, (left) and Shataysia, 10, from PAL’s Far Rockaway Center at Goldie Maple Academy in Queens compete in the Foosball Tournament during PAL’s Games Day. On February 17, over 600 Police Athletic League (PAL) youngsters, from all five boroughs of New York City, gathered at PAL’s Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica for the annual Games Day event.

Young people from the PAL’s Edward Byrne Center, PAL’s PS 214 Center in Flushing, PAL’s Redfern Center and PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon at Goldie Maple Academy in Arverne-Far Rockaway participated in citywide tournaments during a fun-filled day of educational games and laughter.

Six- to 18-year-old boys and girls from Queens competed within age groups in a wide range of activities including Checkers, Spelling Bee, Math Bowl, UNO, Mancala, Foosball, Ping Pong, Trouble, Basketball and PAL’s Fitness Challenge which included jump rope, jumping jacks, the long jump, sit-ups and bean-bag relay stations.

Essence, age 7, from PAL’s Browsnville Beacon, Malaysia, age 6, from PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon at Goldie Maple Academy, and Amour, age 8, from PAL’s Edward Byrne Center (left to right) compete in the jumping jacks station of PAL’s Fitness Challenge. Essence, age 7, from PAL’s Browsnville Beacon, Malaysia, age 6, from PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon at Goldie Maple Academy, and Amour, age 8, from PAL’s Edward Byrne Center (left to right) compete in the jumping jacks station of PAL’s Fitness Challenge. The Tournament of Champions is an annual PAL event, fostering better understanding and relationships by bringing together boys and girls of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. PAL encourages youngsters to develop athletic and educational skills, and the sportsmanship qualities of discipline, fair play and healthy competition.

The Police Athletic League, founded in 1914, has been serving New York City’s young people for 95 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to over 56,000 boys and girls annually. It is the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc. org.

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