1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
August 08, 2008 00:00
More than 700 youth are expected to register for PAL’s tackle football program this season, and rivalries between the inner-city teams and nearby suburbs reach down into the elementary and middle school youth programs. Practices are held in Portland Parks and Recreation parks, and on school fields such as Walt Morey and Reynolds Middle School. All games are played on middle or high school fields. PAL Community Programs Director Damon Miller administers the league. “I look forward to football season every year,” said Miller. “We are providing an opportunity for kids to be active, learn football fundamentals and be around more than 100 positive role models.”
The Police Activities League (PAL) of Greater Portland, which serves youth in the Portland Metro area and manages the former Portland Youth Football/Pop Warner Football League, offers more than 20 teams of youth in the fourth through eighth grade. Teams in the following neighborhoods are actively recruiting youth in order to field teams: Cleveland & Franklin (Southeast Portland), and Jefferson (North/Northeast). All coaches are volunteers. “The coaches and athletic directors of the PIL, Reynolds School District and Parkrose have been great supporters of our efforts to enhance the area’s youth football program,” said Maura White-Cioeta, PAL Executive Director. “Being out on the fields with the coaches, parents and players helps remind me why I started working with youth in the first place. We are truly making a difference.”
Registration will continue until teams are filled, and forms are available at www.palkids.org or call 503-823-0250. The Jamboree weekend is scheduled for August 30th, and Opening Day is Saturday, September 6th. Games are held on Saturdays with overflow games for 4th-grade teams scheduled for weeknight practices. Youth are encouraged to play in their own neighborhoods, and there are teams in Troutdale, and Portland - Southeast, Northeast, North, and Parkrose. Football officials are also being recruited.
PAL is a non-profit, juvenile crime prevention program providing opportunities to youth through athletics, education, cultural enrichment and job opportunities. For more information about youth football or other programs, call 503-823-0250.
Sgt. Pete Simpson