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Tacony PAL Youngsters Stayed Active through Spring and Summer

Tacony PAL Summer Camp participants

Tacony PAL Summer Camp participants

Guest Blogger: Tacony PAL Center Director P/O Bill Schneider

Kids at Tacony PAL have been busier than ever that past several months. Spring programming started with a 12-and-Under basketball league which hosted 120 boys and girls. After many practices and head-to-head games, players received a trophy or medal for their participation and dedication to their team.

Participants from the Spring Basketball League were excited about their achievements

Participants from the Spring Basketball League were excited about their achievements

On June 1st, a friend of PAL arranged for members of Tacony PAL to spend an afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Attendees took swings in the cages during batting practice, worked with Phillies coaches to hone their fielding skills, and were even treated to the Phillies game against the New York Mets.

Tacony youngsters were excited to meet PAL members from across the City through PAL’s summer programs with Kids on the Hill golf and Legacy Youth tennis. Golfers enjoyed a junior golf classic and week-long golf camp at the end of the season. We also had a great time learning about butterflies at the Academy of Natural Science by Drexel University during the Wawa Welcome America celebrations.

Summer programs came to an end with the annual Tacony PAL Camp. More than 50 kids participated in tons of activities and contests during the week of August 18th. They did arts and crafts, played flag football and wiffleball and went on several day trips to Pennypack Environmental Center, Smith Memorial Playground and more. They heard from guest speaker, former Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker Mike Reichenbach who encouraged the kids to stay involved at PAL and signed autographs. They also met with Todd Pride from the Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers and Outdoors Program who taught them fishing techniques as they competed for new equipment prizes. Campers spent a day with Phil McGurk at Liberty Bell Bicycles where they learned about bike parts and practiced repairing flat tires. They enjoyed water ice after a day of working hard on their bikes.

PAL thanks everyone who helped make spring and summer at Tacony PAL one to remember, including Wawa who provided lunch for all campers.

Check out more photos of Tacony PAL’s exciting Spring and Summer here!

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