2011-04-01 / Sports

Police Athletic League Holds GirlSport Day

On March 18, in Police Athletic League (PAL) Centers throughout Queens, young girls, who participate in PAL’s After School Program, came together to celebrate PAL’s Second Annual GirlSport Day.

Queens girls in kindergarten through eighth grades, from PAL’s Edward Bryne Center in South Jamaica, PS 214 in Flushing, PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon and Redfern Cornerstone in Arverne-Far Rockaway, 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 completed 11,348 sit ups, 26,379 jumping jacks, jumped rope over 25,041 times, jumped more than 2,012 feet in the long jump, and completed the bean bag drop, obstacle course and hop along stations for combined times of under three hours for all the girls.

“The goal of PAL’s 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 Executive Director Felix A. Urrutia Jr.

The Second 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.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country, says a spokesperson for the organization. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for 97 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to more than 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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