Police Athletic League of Philadelphia



Photo and Article by Daniel Yadgaroff

Dawn Fassett is a PAL mother of four who lives in Wynnefield.  Currently, only one of her children attends PAL because the others are too old.  One day Dawn was walking in her neighborhood when Officer Little approached her and offered for her and her children to come to PAL.

One of Dawn’s favorite parts about PAL is the father daughter dance.  “PAL is a special place.  It keeps kids occupied and gives them a safe haven to get their homework done and to play basketball,” says Fassett.  She is grateful for the environment provided for these kids.

Dawn also appreciates the field trips PAL takes the kids on, such as to the movies and Saint Joe’s basketball games.  Dawn has recommended PAL to many friends and says she will continue to do so.

Dawn believes that one of the most important things that PAL has to offer is Positive Images; “It is meaningful because the leaders relate to the kids, teach the kids, and help them with bullying.  Sometimes you need someone other than a parent to tell the kid right from wrong”.  Dawn says that in the sense of “it takes a village”, PAL is our village.  She plans on sending her daughter to college and thanks PAL for the opportunities it presents.

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