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Keeping Up With Tacony PAL

Officer Bill Schneider and the children of Tacony PAL have had a busy spring, to say the least. Youngsters at the center have been taking part in all types of projects, events, educational programs, athletic programs and community service projects. Through PAL, the children have been treated to opportunities and experiences that keep them safe, off the streets and involved in constructive and positive programming.

Children attended a handful of Philadelphia Wings’ games, thanks to Jermaine Wright, who provides entertainment at the games, sometimes acting as the team’s mascot. To thank Wright, Officer Schneider and some of his youngsters from Tacony PAL presented Wright with a plaque for his donation.

In other sporting news, the Tacony PAL In-House Soccer League wrapped up last month. The 12-and-over soccer league championship was played between two competitive teams, Thin Lizzy and the Zoom. The 11-and-under soccer league wrapped up with a championship game between the Kickers and the Magic. More than 200 children participated in Tacony’s in-house league this year.

Tacony youth also took part in a Coaching Clinic at Citizens Bank Park. Twenty PAL youngsters received baseball instruction from the Phillies coaching staff. Children took batting practice, fielded ground balls, caught fly balls and spent some time warming up in the bullpen. Following the baseball fundamental instruction, children were treated to a Phillies game against the Cubs.

In addition to all these activities, twenty children volunteered to cleanup their neighborhood with Officer Schneider on a Saturday morning. Working with the Major Artery Revitalization Committee (MARC) program, children brightened up the neighborhood by cleaning up graffiti, planting flowers and painting. PAL and Officer Schneider are proud of the example that these young leaders set for their peers! Thanks to all who have helped make this spring extra special for Tacony PAL!

Click to view more pictures of Tacony PAL’s exciting spring.

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