The Wilmington Police Department is recruiting 8-10 year olds for the 2013-14 season of Police Athletic League (PAL). The basketball league will start its 8th season in late October.
PAL is a proactive community policing effort that uses sports as a tool to promote gang resistance and awareness. Local youths are coached by area law enforcement in a competitive basketball season to build a bond that extends off the court.
There is no charge to participate in the program, but players are expected to maintain their academics and positive attitudes at home and school as well as on the court.
Practices and regular season games will take place at the Brigade Boys & Girls Club, located at 2759 Vance Street, or the Community Boys & Girls Club, located at 901 Nixon Street. There are a will be a total of 80 youths participating between the two organizations.
The highlight of the season will be the all-star PAL Hoops Crosstown Championship on February 27 at UNCW's Trask Coliseum.
View a printable registration form
View the schedule
Watch a video about last season's tournament
The city is also seeking volunteers such as coaches, scorekeepers, referees, mentors and others who can be a positive role model and have an impact on Wilmington's youths.
For more information, contact WPD Officer Reece at 910.520.3852 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.