Grantee Spotlight – Buffalo PAL
For more than 60 years, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. (Buffalo PAL) has provided youth ages 5-21 from the City of Buffalo and neighboring communities with quality educational, athletic, and cultural programming at safe, city-wide recreation facilities with nurturing mentors in partnership with local law enforcement. Its mission is to help foster social/emotional growth in children and adolescents by providing them with structured academic programs, athletic leagues, sports clinics, camps, field trips, and cultural activities that take place during the school year and summertime.
Through a grant from the 2019 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Buffalo PAL was able to support two programs: the youth outdoors Explore Program, designed to get youth active in the outdoors; and the Buffalo PAL Youth Boxing Club, its USA Boxing Certified program, in which youth work with mentors from law enforcement and the boxing community to gain a sense of discipline and strength while improving their mental and physical health.
In 2020, a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Youth Sports COVID-19 Fund supported Buffalo PAL’s PlayStreets fitness and sports program. Its curriculum includes socially distanced fitness programs, cardiovascular activities, strength and agility, health and nutrition, and snack and bottled water giveaways. Participants also received fitness equipment kits that inspired them to stay healthy, active and fit.