OKC PAL is the beneficiary of OKC Charity Fight Night. It brings youth the constructive influence of responsible volunteer adults and police officers
The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (OKC PAL) is once again the beneficiary of OKC Charity Fight Night. In 2009, Fight Night raised a net amount of approximately $11,000. That number has grown significantly and consistently since then leading up to 2016, which netted a total of nearly $200,000.
Currently, programming offered to schools in OKCPS through OKC PAL includes annual traditional sport camps like soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, and hockey, and non-traditional sport programs like RallyBall, combative and non-combative martial arts, and boxing. The financial stability afforded to OKC PAL through Fight Night has allowed expansion from serving elementary school students to now include students all the way through high school, and ideally beyond. Because of support from OKC Charity Fight Night, these programs are offered to our students at no cost to them, their families, or their schools.
OKC PAL was formed in 1991 through a resolution approved by the Oklahoma City Council. The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, recognized as the largest juvenile crime prevention program in the nation, certified OKC PAL as a chapter member on March 11, 1991. OKC PAL is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation governed by a Board of Directors comprised of members from the community. It is staffed with full-time sworn police officers and police employees from the OCPD Police Community Relations Unit. The first OKC PAL Center, located at 3816 S. Robinson, opened in October 2009 serving the Capitol Hill community on the south side of Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (OKC PAL) is a juvenile crime prevention program providing educational and athletic activities for all children, primarily those in high-risk neighborhoods.
OKC PAL is dedicated to reducing crime by providing safe, healthy alternatives for children from high risk neighborhoods. PAL exists with the belief children can stay away from negative lifestyle choices such as gangs and drugs when offered positive, healthy alternatives. PAL is not like any other program. It is driven by a philosophy of teamwork, fair play, courtesy and consideration for others.
As our volleyball team got started there was a certain amount of excitement that grew. They started wearing their jerseys on Fridays to school and they were recognized at our morning assemblies, we celebrated their victories. Staff members were showing up for the games and posting on facebook about it. It created a new sort of pride in our school. The positive effect it created could be seen in the way they interact with one another and their school performance seemed to improve. Thank you for taking the time to have an interest in our community and for providing them with the opportunity to participate and to succeed.”
-John Burdick (Physical Education, Wheeler Elementary)
“Football is a team sports played by individuals, the only way to be successful in the sport every individual has to play as a team. This year we had the opportunity to take a bunch of individuals from different backgrounds, different cultures, with different histories, and brought them together, even if it was for a short while we showed them how to become a team. What a special moment.”
Boys & Girls Club Coordinator, Cesar Chavez Elementary School
“Most of the time I am shy, but I thought it was easy to make new friends. It only took one or two games before we were talking to each other a lot more. The best part was getting to play with my best friend and meet new people. "
-Patience (Hayes Elementary Volleyball Player)
“In flag football, I became a good snapper, rusher, and blocker. I learned how to work in a team and I learned to endeavor more. I believe it is a great game. One day I hope to become a real professional football player.”
-Pedro (Capitol Hill Flag Football Player)
“Yes, personally we see a difference in his lifestyle. He is more active and instead of wanting to be on his phone or watching TV he is excited to play and be part of a team that cares for him. "
-Jaquelyn (Sister of flag football player at Coolidge Elementary)
“I would like to say that this program has really benefited my son… he wants to work hard in school and get good grades… so that he is able to play sports… so I wanna thank you for everything and please keep up the awesome job that you are doing for these children.”
-Kyendra (Mother of flag football player at Southern Hills Elementary)
They learned the importance of working together for a common goal. They learned that they must do well in school, respect their teachers and coaches, and come to practice in order to play on Saturday. All good life lessons for the future men they will become! Thank you for allowing us to have a part in it.
-Charlie Gatton (Coach, Southern Hills Flag Football)
“I personally am grateful this league came about. Our students need activities like this to inspire and encourage them. This was their first time doing organized sports and the joy that was on their faces was priceless. To see so much support from parents and families was amazing. These leagues will forever have a positive impact on my students.”
-Coach Baker (Coolidge Elementary PE Teacher and Volleyball Coach)