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What we do

The Police Athletic League of Wilmington gives our youth a safe haven to go after school to channel their energies in positive directions to promote self-esteem, good life choices, and healthy lifestyles.

Our center has a full time police officer and dedicated staff who work to enhance the positive moral development of our young people through a large variety of sports, education, and recreational programs. All of PALW’s programs are completely free of charge.

Support Your PAL

PALW is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that appreciates both volunteers and donations to help fund the programs that we offer for Wilmington’s youth.

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DIFFERENCE.

Our History

The Police Athletic League was founded in 1914 by Captain John Sweeney, commanding officer of a Lower East Side police precinct in New York City. The PAL mission remains unchanged – to keep young people out of trouble by channeling their energies into recreational and athletic programs.

The Police Athletic League of Wilmington (PALW), Inc. opened its doors to the community in June 2002. Since then, the number of citizens served and the variety of programs offered continue to increase.

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Building Brighter Futures

OUR MISSION

The Police Athletic League of Wilmington (PALW) is a youth serving organization within the City of Wilmington; offering a safe haven with a variety of programs and other events to attract, engage, and develop an active membership base. The PALW offers the opportunity for our youth to build a positive relationship with local law enforcement through our on-site police officers. We partner with the Wilmington Police Department and our community at large to provide our community and youth with valuable resources and opportunities including; athletic programs, educational and drug prevention programs, holistic wellness, mentorship, and social development activities.

OUR VISION

The Police Athletic League of Wilmington (PALW) works in partnership with the Wilmington Police Department, our staff, mentors, volunteers, and our community to inspire youth to build a brighter future within our community for tomorrow. We do this through various programs including; Childcare Development, Prevention Programs, Developmental Activities, and Educational Resources.

OUR VALUES

  • ACCOUNTABILITY
    Taking Responsibility for our actions.
  • INTEGRITY
    Doing the right thing for the right reasons all the time.
  • COMMUNICATION
    Interacting and speaking effectively in a positive manner.
  • HARD-WORK
    Giving good effort and endurance, above and beyond.
  • QUALITY OF SERVICE
    Exceeding policy standards at all times.
  • LEADERSHIP
    Showing responsibility and supervision.
  • TEAMWORK
    Effectively working together to be successful.
  • RESPECT
    Showing compassion and sensitivity to the needs of others.
  • HONESTY
    Strength of character, truthful and trustworthy.
  • DISCIPLINE
    Obeying rules and regulations.
  • SPORTSMANSHIP
    Acting and showing respect to others at all times.
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our continued promise

In addition to our focus on youth, the PALW opens its doors to the community seven days a week hosting civic associations and public service organizations, which utilize the facility to plan and implement community service activities. PALW maintains the status as an emergency shelter and has served residents during Hurricane Isabella in 2002, those displaced by fires, which destroyed the Crestview Apartments and Speakman Place, and families evacuated due to flooding of the 28th Street Apartment Complex. PALW stands ready to shelter people in the community when an emergency arises.