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Guest Blogger: P/O Bill Schneider

The 2011 Gus Ragnow Award was awarded to a Tacony PAL member, Tim Mills, during the June 2012 PAL Board Meeting. Tim has been a member of the Tacony PAL Center since he was six years old, and I have been privileged to have him as a member of my center.

Over the years, Tim has never ceased to participate in the activities provided by PAL. During his early years, Tim participated in multiple sports leagues, competed in PAL’s 24 Math Challenge and Lenfest Chess Program, played in Citywide Basketball and Baseball and was a Union League Good Citizenship Award winner for his participation in the Holmesburg Boys Club. On and off the field, Tim was an upstanding role model. He displayed sportsmanship to his teammates and the younger members of PAL. Tim received the Tom Feeny Scholarship in 8th grade, which helped pay for his high school tuition. He also received a scholarship for his outstanding citizenship and good sportsmanship.

Outside of PAL, Tim is an honor student at Father Judge High School for Boys. He is a member of the school’s baseball, track and football teams. He has received the title “All-Catholic” for track, first team and “All-Catholic” for football second team. Tim also dedicates his time and coaches youth hockey at Holmesburg Boys Club. He also plays CYO basketball. Tim is an extremely hard worker. He would like to attend the Coast Guard Academy in the fall.

Tim has always been a leader and a role model in his community. This award, which is named after one of the founding members of the Police Athletic League, Sgt. Gus Ragnow, is presented to a youngster who embodies the true spirit of the Police Athletic League; learning, growing, competing and achieving in educational, social and athletic activities. On behalf of PAL, I congratulate Tim Mills for receiving the 2011 Gus Ragnow Award.

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