Police Athletic League of Philadelphia



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Since 1947

Philly PAL is... "Cops Helping Kids."

We aspire to be the premier youth-serving organization in the city, by reducing crime,
promoting character development, and improving educational outcomes.

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PAL is a youth development organization offering educational, athletic, recreational, character-building, and cultural programs to Philadelphia’s youth, ages 6-18.  All PAL programs are fun, safe, and FREE.  PAL programming fills the dangerous void for Philadelphia kids during after-school and summertime hours by providing constructive activities and supervision.

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People & Partners

People are at the heart of PAL.
PAL is comprised of committed men and women in blue, a dedicated civilian staff, and generous supporters and partners. Click below to meet us!

What’s New


2 weeks ago
The 6th Man Project

Our next event is tonight at Cozen PAL Center (732 N. 17th Street) where we will be donating 120 balls to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia. The event will be 5-6:30. We hope to see you ... See more

1 month ago
Timeline Photos

As the holidays approach, we are reminded how fortunate we are to be able to meaningfully impact our community. You can give a gift to Philadelphia’s youth by supporting PAL this holiday season and ... See more

1 month ago
Timeline Photos

It’s #GIVINGTUESDAY and every dollar donated to PAL goes a long way! At PAL, everything we do is FUN, SAFE, & FREE thanks to your donations! Visit our website at https://phillypal.org/support/


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Among my biggest fans is my PAL officer, Cedric Jones. Officer Jones has been a primary source of encouragement and has supported me from the first day we met inside the PAL gym at 59th and Elmwood. Whether it was convincing me to learn how to play ping pong, listening as I made the decision to attend Duke, or offering pre-and post-game advice… he has become a mentor, a parental figure, a role model, and a friend, just as many other PAL Officers have done for thousands of kids throughout Philadelphia.
Amile Jefferson,PAL Aumnus/Scholarship Recipient
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Officer Ernie is a great mentor to everyone in the center. He has truly supported my every endeavor…. from helping me pick out a dress at the Cozen Prom boutique, to teaching me the fundamentals of indoor soccer. He is an inspiration to all of us Rizzo PAL kids, and has helped me realize my own potential through sports, educational programs like mock trial, and the Positive Images service learning and mentoring program.
Sarah M, Rizzo PAL Participant
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It is a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for PAL.  As a member of the Philadelphia business and media community, I feel an obligation to give back to the community I serve.  PAL allows me the opportunity to impact the lives of children in the area by helping to provide them with a safe haven after school and in the summer. The PAL officers and staff provide scholastic and athletic development, but even more importantly, they offer the self esteem boosts and the positive role models children need to thrive.
Vince Giannini PAL Board Member/Donor
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