Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00
This winter Great Neck PAL’s programming includes indoor basketball and indoor soccer as well as Aikido, dance and speed/conditioning. For those who may be unfamiliar with Great Neck PAL it might be interesting for you to learn that the Great Neck Police Activity League (formerly Police Athletic League) has been offering youth sports programming in Nassau County and Great Neck continuously since the 1940s.
Great Neck PAL is run mainly by a group of local volunteer parents all of whom have children who are either current or past participants in PAL activities. These volunteer “commissioners” currently include Sunil Sani (co-ed soccer), Steve Cronin (basketball) and Phil Bornstein (baseball). The current PAL president is Don Rickey, also a local parent who volunteers more than 15 hours of time each week simply to organize the various programs- a job which includes the ordering of equipment and uniforms, hiring umpires/referees, recruiting parent coaches, obtaining fields/gyms and other duties too numerous to mention.
PAL is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to “let the kids play” by providing programming in which every child has an opportunity to participate regardless of skill level and regardless of economic ability, as partial scholarships are available based upon demonstrated need. Just as it takes a village to raise a child it takes many volunteers from that village to run these types of activities- particularly in our villages where literally thousands of Great Neck children sign up for PAL programs each year! So please consider volunteering by calling 482-PALS. And please take the time to thank those volunteers that you come across each time your child is enjoying a PAL program! Sign-ups for Spring 2010 activities, including baseball, have begun and will continue throughout the month of February.