PALs athletic activities have been one of the major interests in the organization. Through a range of programs offered by Bridgeport PAL, hundreds of young people can participate on both an organized and non-competitive level. All of PALs athletic programs are supervised by police and other volunteer personnel.
Since 1990, over 200 youth a year participate in the PAL basketball program. In the fall of each year both boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 13 may register. A birth certificate and fee are required upon registration.
"Cute" - "Fun" - "Exciting" -- that is how you would describe the PAL Spirits Cheerleading program. Open to girls ages 7 through 14, the cheerleaders participate in parades, basketball tournaments and many community events. A birth certificate and fee are required upon registration. Registration for Cheerleading is in the fall of each year.
Since its inception, PAL has provided a high quality boxing program for area youth. PAL boxers have become State Champions, Golden Glove Champions and National Champions. This program is located in the Bridgeport Black Rock area. Youth between the ages of 12 and 21 may register. A birth certificate and fee are required upon registration.
DRUM & BUGLE CORPS
The PAL Bucaneers Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps practices and performs year round featuring brass, percussion and color guard. High quality musical and marching instruction is provided throughout the year. This program is offered to youth between the ages of 10 to 21 years. No musical or marching experience is necessary. Equipment and uniform are included with registration. A birth certificate and fee are required upon registration.
In September 1977, Bridgeport PAL began its Police Cadet Program. This program is designed to introduce youth to the different aspects of law enforcement and to educate them in this field. The youth involved in this program serve the community in many ways. They serve under the guidance of police and civilian volunteers. Both boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 21 may participate. A birth certificate and fee are required upon registration.
EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL
PALs ongoing expansion of programs has led to rich educational and cultural activities and opportunities in addition to sports and recreational activities. Programs such as remedial reading, drug education, gang resistance education, summer camp, and fine arts are available today. In addition, various trips and field outings to local educational and cultural institutions round out its program offerings.
The Bridgepot PAL is not supported by any one large funding agency. PAL raises money through an annual fund raising campaign directed to business and industry, local, state and national foundations, the general public and various special events and fund raising initiatives throughout the year. Tuition and application fees for each of the PAL programs are set taking into account actual operating costs and affordability making programs available to the largest possible number of participants.
Bridgeport Police Activities League