PAL youngsters from across the City were honored at The Union League of Philadelphia’s Good Citizenship Award Dinner on May 17, 2012. The students, Anthony, Mariah, Paul, Scott, Tobias, Brooke, Steven, Javier, Colin and Norma, were honored for giving back to their communities.
During the last 60 years, the Union League has presented this prestigious award to more than 13,500 people, including dozens of PAL children. Through PAL’s educational, athletic, mentoring and leadership programs, youth receive the guidance they need to become community leaders and succeed in the future. These ten award recipients are avid PAL members, taking part in all facets of PAL’s programming throughout the years, and often times volunteering at their own centers. The eleven honorees perfectly demonstrate the qualities necessary to receive this honor: “cooperative attitude, self-control, perseverance, good sportsmanship and efforts to uphold the best traditions and principles of the American way of life.”
PAL Officer Steven Brennan accompanied the children to the event. Brennan says he is proud of all of the award recipients, but especially proud of this year’s PAL group. “Talking with, in addition to seeing the expressions on the kids’ faces, reminds me of how important it is to continue doing the great work in ensuring that our children throughout the area all become good citizens. The Police Athletic League is extremely grateful to the Union League for permitting PAL to be a partner, along with providing the excellent opportunities for our children,” said Brennan.
Congratulations to all of this year’s Good Citizenship Award Recipients!