The Cause

The Police Athletic League (PAL) of Jacksonville enriches the lives of children by creating positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community through educational, athletic and leadership programs. Serving up to 1,000 children after school each day, from some of the most underserved neighborhoods in the city, PAL turns the prime time for juvenile crime into a safe learning time for young people to develop leadership skills from positive adult role models and greater respect for the law.

The Need

What started in the trunk of one police officer’s car has grown to serve more than 2,200 children each year. In a time when families are increasingly unable to instill a proper appreciation and respect for the law, when parents are working harder than ever with less time than ever to even put food on the table, communities must come together to reach more children. With your support, we can continue to keep kids out of trouble, building good citizens, more successful adults, and a better future for all of us.