For over 100 years, the Police Athletic League (PAL) has provided safe places to play and learn for thousands of children through PAL’s Summer Playstreets Program. PAL is launching its 2017 Summer Playstreets in Queens on Wednesday, July 5th.
PAL’s Summer Playstreets Program takes place in public areas, such as playgrounds and parks, throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities. Playstreets are open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 10th, and are free to all New York City children. PAL is operating 15 Playstreets throughout the five boroughs this summer, in addition to offering sports leagues, including Cops & Kids teams, and summer day camps, serving nearly 10,000 children. Playstreets activities include fitness challenges, nutrition education and basketball clinics and tournaments.
Through PAL FIT Challenges, children have the opportunity to exercise and follow a healthy living lifestyle, with a focus on combating childhood obesity, through citywide fitness challenges. PAL’s nutrition education program teaches participants about healthy food choices and alternatives while encouraging children to log their daily water consumption for a site-based challenge.
Playstreet basketball clinics take place Monday through Thursday and are open to boys and girls ages 5-17. Basketball clinics are split into three levels: biddies/pee wee, novice/junior and varsity. Biddies/pee wee clinics are available for children ages five to eight and focus on basic, fundamental skills such as footwork, layups, dribbling and passing. Novice/junior clinics are open to children ages 9-12 and focus on skills taught in the biddies/pee wee clinic along with defense strategies, rebounding and advanced concepts. Varsity clinics are for children ages 13-17 and incorporate high-level team concepts, advanced drills and age appropriate skill focus. Competitions, including three point/free throw contests and fitness obstacle courses, will also take place. Additionally, special themed 5-on-5 basketball tournaments are held every Thursday.
PAL Summer Playstreets in Queens are located at Rufus King Playground, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, and Park Of The Americas, 42nd Avenue and 104th Street.
New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.