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 PAL (Police Athletic League) Youth Basketball Clinic

Over a nine week period PAL (Police Athletic League) Youth Basketball Clinic provided a safe environment for players to develop athletic skill, sportsmanship and teamwork. The program promoted safe physical and social development to area youth while serving as an opportunity to introduce participants (youth and parents/guardians) to free community education initiatives. The PAL program worked to expand the rapport between police and young people as well as provided an opportunity for their caring adults to meet weekly to bring forward concerns and develop healthy relationships within the neighbourhood. The program ended with a celebration with the young people playing basketball with the Greater Sudbury Police Basketball Team while their parents, families, and friends watched.

A typical evening program would begin at 6:00 p.m. The youth would be in the gym with members of the GSPS Basketball Team and secondary school volunteers. They would go through a series of drills to learn the game. The session would end with an opportunity to play. In a parallel timeframe the caring adults would meet to discuss concerns and solutions around what is available to provide a healthy safe area for the youth. At 6:45 the parents would then move to the gym to watch the game. All would share in a pizza snack at the end of the game.

Healthy relationships were nurtured with the youth, the caring adults and the individuals involved in the development and implementation of the program. This was more than evident on the final night - the look on the faces of youth and adults in the gym; the positive energy; the excited voices; the conversation the caring adults shared with one another; and the shaking of hands in friendship.

Photo Gallery: PAL-Basketball will appear here on the public site.