The Police Athletic League provides organized sports and recreation experiences to positively engage the youth of Kansas City. Our programs help children grow in leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and other life skills. The PAL program serves as a constructive alternative to anti-social behavior and boredom during their developmental years and into adulthood.
From basketball to gardening, our programs offer police officers and PAL youth a chance to connect and have a positive influence on one another. Officers serve as volunteer coaches and mentors to our community’s youth. Additionally, older PAL youth play on sport teams with police officers, competing with them, learning from them and fostering meaningful relationships.
PAL youth programs help children develop a positive self-esteem, leadership skills, a sense of belonging, improve school performance, resolve conflict and fill their free time after school.
“I enrolled my grandson in PAL to gain a positive mentor, build a good relationship with police officers and learn that there are good officers! We can be very proud of the KCPD for their time and knowledge to work with our kids at PAL to show them not only fun things but also build the kid’s self-esteem, love and respect each other, good sportsmanship and even help out with homework. It is a great program for girls and boys to grow into women and men. ”