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A Busy Year at Tacony PAL

Tacony PAL members and Center Director P/O Bill Schneider with Philadelphia Eagles player E.J. Biggers at the Mayor’s Gridiron Classic

Tacony PAL members and Center Director P/O Bill Schneider with Philadelphia Eagles player E.J. Biggers at the Mayor’s Gridiron Classic

Tacony PAL members have been having a blast all year with a variety of fun athletic, educational, and cultural activities.

Last fall, Tacony PAL kids participated in the annual wiffleball leagues, which was a huge success. More than 160 boys and girls from the area participated in the league, which provided a safe space, time spent with friends, and a means to stay active. Players were awarded with trophies and ribbons for their participation in the leagues.

Jayson from Tacony PAL with Mark Sanchez

Jayson from Tacony PAL with Mark Sanchez

During the winter, Tacony PAL members played in flag football and indoor soccer leagues. More than 220 boys and girls learned skills of the game, while practicing teamwork and strategy. Young ladies also learned different styles of dance and fitness routines through the Tacony PAL Dance Program.

Tacony joined other PAL centers at the Mayor’s Gridiron Classic on June 1, 2015. Philadelphia Eagles players  led attendees through football drills and exercises. They encouraged the kids to stay involved with their community, lead healthy lifestyles, and continue their education. Read more about the Mayor’s Gridiron Classic here.

Eagles players and Tacony PAL members hung out again at the end of the summer. This time, Mark Sanchez, Cody Parkey, and Chris Maragos went fishing with the PAL youngsters. Organized by Todd Pride from the Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers and Outdoors Program, the kids learned proper casting technique, how to bait a hook, and thread fishing line through their rods, all while getting to talk with Eagles players about their road to success.

Tacony PAL is looking forward to exciting fall and winter activities. Please visit the center to enroll in free programming for 6 to 18 year olds – 4401 Aldine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19136, or call P/O Bill Schneider at 215-335-4656.

PAL thanks Tacony Adopt-a-Center partner, Wawa, for making all of this possible, along with Todd Pride of the Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers and Outdoors Program and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Check out more photos from Tacony PAL here.

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