Police Athletic League of Philadelphia



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Since 1947

Philly PAL is... "Cops Helping Kids."

We aspire to be the premier youth-serving organization in the city, by reducing crime,
promoting character development, and improving educational outcomes.

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PAL Is Going Virtual


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November 20,2020:  In accordance with City of Philadelphia COVID-19 regulations and restrictions on certain activities, all PAL Centers will be closed until January 2021.  PAL Police Officers are providing programming online in the Virtual PAL Center.  Click here to learn more.

Programs & Locations


PAL is a youth development organization offering educational, athletic, recreational, character-building, and cultural programs to Philadelphia’s youth, ages 6-18.  All PAL programs are fun, safe, and FREE.  PAL programming fills the dangerous void for Philadelphia kids during after-school and summertime hours by providing constructive activities and supervision.

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People & Partners

People are at the heart of PAL.
PAL is comprised of committed men and women in blue, a dedicated civilian staff, and generous supporters and partners. Click below to meet us!

What’s New


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PAL's Online Auction is open for bidding!

1 year ago
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PAL's Auction is Now Live! Talk Eagles Draft Picks with Merrill Reese
Philadelphia Eagles Play By Play Announcer and support the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia at the same time.
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1 year ago
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Want to analyze the draft? Be the highest bidder and Howard Eskin will join you and up to five friends on a Zoom call. Proceeds benefit PAL. @Sportsradio WIP #2020PALAwardsandAuction #CopsHelpingKids ... See more


15 hours ago
Ford PAL youth enjoyed 3x3 basketball, followed by mentorship from 4 former Ford PAL kids who are now businessmen! #PAL #PhillyPAL https://t.co/PnpAS1SOYu PhillyPAL photo
2 days ago
Happy #ThankfulTuesday ! Today, we are thankful for the fun and educational trips and experiences PAL Kids get to enjoy this summer for FREE! #PAL #PhillyPAL https://t.co/08kyoqvWWo PhillyPAL photo
3 days ago
PAL’s youth-sports programming gives kids a safe space to have fun, learn, receive mentorship from a trusted police officer. #PAL #PhillyPAL
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Among my biggest fans is my PAL officer, Cedric Jones. Officer Jones has been a primary source of encouragement and has supported me from the first day we met inside the PAL gym at 59th and Elmwood. Whether it was convincing me to learn how to play ping pong, listening as I made the decision to attend Duke, or offering pre-and post-game advice… he has become a mentor, a parental figure, a role model, and a friend, just as many other PAL Officers have done for thousands of kids throughout Philadelphia.

Amile Jefferson,PAL Aumnus/Scholarship Recipient

Officer Ernie is a great mentor to everyone in the center. He has truly supported my every endeavor…. from helping me pick out a dress at the Cozen Prom boutique, to teaching me the fundamentals of indoor soccer. He is an inspiration to all of us Rizzo PAL kids, and has helped me realize my own potential through sports, educational programs like mock trial, and the Positive Images service learning and mentoring program.

Sarah M, Rizzo PAL Participant

It is a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for PAL.  As a member of the Philadelphia business and media community, I feel an obligation to give back to the community I serve.  PAL allows me the opportunity to impact the lives of children in the area by helping to provide them with a safe haven after school and in the summer. The PAL officers and staff provide scholastic and athletic development, but even more importantly, they offer the self esteem boosts and the positive role models children need to thrive.

Vince Giannini PAL Board Member/Donor
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