Although the Denver Broncos didn’t win the Super Bowl on Sunday, the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia is proud of one of its larger-than-life PALs, Broncos’ Defensive End Shaun Phillips, for reaching for the stars and being a positive role model for Philadelphia’s youth. PAL considers Phillips to be a true winner.
Phillips, a Philadelphia native, mentioned during last week’s media day how much Philly PAL had an impact on his life. Growing up inner-city Philadelphia, Phillips turned to PAL after school for guidance, friendship and fun. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Zach Berman wrote an article about Phillips, in which he discussed just how important PAL, and his PAL Center Director and mentor, retired Police Officer Mel Kilgore, were to him. “‘One of the best things about Philly, for me, was the Police Athletic League,’ Phillips said. ‘The PAL did a wonderful job of molding me to the person I am now, just because it kept me out of the streets and it kept me doing some positive.’ Phillips, 33, was raised on 30th Street and Girard Avenue. Once school let out, he rushed to the Logan PAL center. He stayed until 6 p.m., went home for a one-hour dinner break, and then returned to the PAL from 7 to 9 p.m. He played all types of sports except organized football.”
The Logan PAL Center is still a thriving hub of positive activity and a beacon of hope in the community it serves. Although Phillips’ Police Officer Mel Kilgore is retired, PAL is proud to see his impact living on in Shaun Phillips, and is glad to say it is still actively serving children and teens with wholesome after-school and summer programs at the Logan PAL Center.
PAL congratulates Phillips for his achievements, accomplishments and for choosing to stay on the right path in life. Phillips is a shining star in the eyes of the youngsters PAL serves on a daily basis.