2010-04-02 / Sports

Police Athletic League Holds First Annual GirlSport DAY

The PAL celebrates the first annual GirlSport Day. The PAL celebrates the first annual GirlSport Day. On March 19, in Police Athletic League (PAL) Centers throughout Queens, young girls who participate in PAL’s After School Program came together to celebrate the First Annual PAL GirlSport Day. Girls from third through eighth grade, and who represent the PAL’s Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica, PS 214 in Flushing and PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon, Ocean Bay Center and Redfern Center in Arverne - Far Rock away, joined over 300 girls from PAL Centers throughout the five boroughs to participate in an afternoon of fun and fitness.

The young athletes from across New York City ran for 139 minutes and 10 seconds, jumped over 1,075 feet, jump roped over 18,409 times, completed 18,725 jumping jacks and 8,827 situps and walked across 4,515 feet of balance beam.

“The goal of PAL’s First Annual GirlSport Day is to engage girls throughout New York City in physical activity, improve their self-esteem and give them the opportunity to share their fitness accomplishments with their friends,” said PAL’s Director of Education Rachel Steinhardt.

The First Annual PAL GirlSport Day is part of PAL FIT, the health, fitness and wellness component of PAL’s After School programs. PAL FIT inspires children in first through eighth grades to focus on active lifestyles and develop positive attitudes

toward their health through a variety of fitness and wellness activities.

A spokesperson says that New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first, largest and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served New York City’s young people for 96 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to over 56,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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