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Police Athletic League of Philadelphia


Who We Are

Whether it’s sports like basketball, soccer, or tennis, or educational offerings such as chess, homework or computer clubs, or any one of the dozens of field trips offered in a given year, PAL’s programming has a common element which amplifies its impact: caring and committed Philadelphia Police Officers.

PAL Officers are a part of the fabric of the communities they serve.  Our ability to create unique impact lies in the relationships forged among police officers, children, families, and their communities.


The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia was founded in 1947 to offer sandlot baseball to the youth of North Philadelphia. At the time, PAL consisted of one Sergeant with a vision and a team of neighborhood kids who were willing to play ball. Since its inception, PAL has worked to build positive relationships between youth, the communities in which they live, and the dedicated men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department.  During the intervening years, tens-of-thousands of children have gone to their neighborhood PAL Center to escape the dangers of the streets, play organized sports, and engage in a variety of educational and cultural activities.


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. We do this by having Philadelphia Police Officers, supported by civilians, offer sports and other programs to youth in PAL centers in some of the city’s highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods. PAL Centers are safe havens, offering a variety of programs and other events to attract, engage, and develop an active membership base of more than 10,000 Philadelphia youth.


PAL programming reduces crime, builds character, and improves educational outcomes. The opportunities created by PAL are critical, especially in a city where the average 9th grade class will only see one in 10 students graduate from college. On a societal level, the long-term cost of failing to reconnect youth with future opportunities can lead to taxpayer burdens from crime, welfare, and social supports. PAL programs engage children in a variety of activities that help them connect the dots between their actions today and their future.


Decline in juvenile arrests near Harrowgate PAL


Decline in juvenile arrests citywide


Decline in juvenile arrests near Oxford Circle PAL


Decline in juvenile arrests citywide

People & Partners

PAL is a collaborative effort between the Philadelphia Police Department and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a goal to support Philadelphia’s inner-city youth. Meet the team players who bring our mission to life.


Feel free to call: (215) 291-9000 or email: [email protected] anytime.
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Conflict of Interest Policy

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Theory of Change/Targeted Outcome

Theory of Change/Targeted Outcome

PAL Scholarship Financials

PAL Scholarship Foundation 18-19 Document

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