2014-04-18 / Sports

PAL Girls Basketball

The Police Athletic League hosted more than 100 PAL girls from across New York City, at the Goldie Maple Academy PAL Center.

Ranging from fourth through eighth grades, the young athletes competed in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament sponsored by the Raphell Sims Lakowitz Memorial Foundation.

The tournament, titled the Raphell Sims Lakowitz Memorial Classic, was the culmination of a 12 week training program focused on girls’ fitness.

The program is designed to embrace girls of all skill levels and measurably improve their physical fitness, sports knowledge and selfesteem.

The competition was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16.

The Goldie Maple Academy is located at 365 Beach 57th Street in Arverne.

The Raphell Sims Lakowitz Memorial Basketball Program serves girls in fourth through eighth grades at PAL centers across New York City. Over the course of 12 weeks, PAL girls learn the rules of basketball and develop skills by participating in weekly sessions designed to increase their comfort level and confidence in playing sports.

The Raphell Sims Lakowitz Memorial Classic creates an opportunity for girls from different communities and backgrounds to share a positive experience together. New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for 100 years.

PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 40,000 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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