1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
September 08, 2005 00:00
News Release POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE (PAL) YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE KICKS OFF IN NORTHEAST & SOUTHEAST PORTLAND AND TROUTDALE COMMUNITY WELCOME TO ATTEND
Youth ages nine-14 will go head to head in the Police Activities League (PAL)’s tackle youth football league starting Saturday, September 10th and running through mid-November. More than 750 PAL youth from Portland, Gresham and Troutdale started practicing August 15th with the assistance of 100 coaches who dedicate more than 1,000 hours per week of volunteer time. Youth practice for a maximum of eight hours per week, and are also required to complete homework and seek tutoring assistance if needed. Portland Police Bureau Officer Ken Duilio coaches a team and helps administer the league. “This is my fourth season coaching youth football for PAL. For me, I believe officers can be excellent role models for youth, and at their young age we have the huge advantage in that we are someone kids instantly look up to. I hope we are helping give these kids something positive to focus on and identify with.” During the 2004 season, more than 2,700 fans attended games including playoffs. “Opening weekend is always huge because the weather is good and local folks love watching a good game of football,” said Maura White-Cioeta, PAL Executive Director. “We like to foster a sense of neighborhood pride by holding games in areas of town where the kids live.” This weekend, the locations are Jefferson High School (5201 N Kerby), Roosevelt (6941 N. Central) and Reynolds Middle School (1200 NE 201st).
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2005
Sites: Roosevelt High School Jefferson High School Reynolds Middle School 9am Jefferson v. Tech Warriors 5/6th Grant v. Franklin 5/6th Troutdale v. Reynolds 5/6th 11am Jefferson v. Tech Warriors 7/8th Grant v. Cleveland 7/8th Madison v. Gresham 5/6th 1pm Alberta Park v. Roosevelt 5/6th Cleveland v. Marshall 5/6th 3pm Alberta Park v. Roosevelt 7/8th Franklin v. Marshall 7/8th
PAL youth football is supported by player fees, grants and small business donations. In 1998, the NFL Youth Football Fund was established by the NFL in collaboration with the NFL Players Association to promote positive youth development while insuring the health and future of football at the grassroots level. PAL has received $5,000 over the past years from the fund, and will hear by the end of September if it will receive funding again for 2005. Additional funds were allocated from the Metro Central Enhancement Committee, a grant with the sole purpose of funding community projects. The league is also selling $10 raffle tickets for a chance to receive 16 home Seahawks game tickets or $250 cash. “Most of the youth who participate in our football programs are from low-income families who struggle to pay our small fees,” said Damon Miller, PAL Football Coordinator. “We operate youth football with a funding shortfall each year and are reaching out into the community to ask for assistance. PAL is a non-profit public benefit corporation, which builds partnerships between youth, police, and the community through recreational, athletic, and educational programs designed to encourage and develop good citizenship and improve the quality of life in the Portland Metropolitan area. Furthermore, PAL of Greater Portland is one of nearly 400 members of the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues.
For more information about how to get involved in the youth football movement, please contact Damon Miller or Maura White-Cioeta at 503-823-0250, www.palkids.org.
Sgt. Pete Simpson