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File #: 200173    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/20/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/20/2020
Title: Recognizing the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and welcoming the 50th Annual PAL Day at City Hall.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Signature20017300
Recognizing the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and welcoming the 50th Annual PAL Day at City Hall.
WHEREAS, The Police Athletic League ("PAL") of Philadelphia has its roots in the old 36th Police District, headquartered at Germantown and Lycoming, in the mid-1940s, when Sergeant Gus Rangnow told a group of neighborhood children to move their sandlot baseball game from the police parking lot to an unused police locker room instead; and

WHEREAS, That locker room was soon filled to capacity, prompting Sgt. Rangnow to seek additional recreational space in the neighborhood. He and his colleagues started organizing additional activities like baseball and boxing during their off-duty hours, and hundreds of children were signing up, establishing the foundation for what would become PAL; and

WHEREAS, In 1947, Police Superintendent Howard P. Sutton, seeing the success of the sports programs, issued an order to all District Captains to send one officer each to a meeting with Mayor Bernard Samuel to create a citywide sports program to facilitate and improve relationships between the police and Philadelphia youth, and to provide said youth with positive and structured uses of their time; and

WHEREAS, In 1949, PAL was formally incorporated and chartered, with the mission of fostering and promoting positive activities that could provide opportunities for different results and better lives for "rebellious youth" who were likely to attract the attention of the criminal justice system; and

WHEREAS, Today, Philadelphia PAL is a 501(c)(3) organization with 20 centers throughout the City, many located in areas that have endured the worst effects of economic and social inequality, serving thousands of young Philadelphians between the ages of 6 and 18, with each center staffed by a caring, on-duty Philadelphia Police Officer; and

WHEREAS, Because of the efforts of PAL officers to help young people gain confidence and follow their dreams,...

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