Building Brighter Futures

Building brighter futures, engaging youth with public safety and empowering families to build stronger communities.

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Our center develops the whole child: mind, body, social self, and character in a safe, clean and nurturing environment.
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PALW 2023 Impact Report
We’re pleased to share the progress we have made over the past year. Together, we can build a brighter, more equitable future for all.
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PALW is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that appreciates both volunteers and donations to help fund the programs that we offer for Wilmington’s youth.

Who we are

PAL was founded in 1914 by Captain John Sweeney, a New York City commanding officer. Since our opening in Wilmington in 2002, we have remained committed to providing our youth a safe haven to go after school to channel their energies in positive directions in order to promote self-esteem, good life choices, and healthy lifestyles.

What we do

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.

How you help

The success of our organization would not be possible without the support of those in our community. Whether by volunteering or by making a donation, your involvement helps us to provide Wilmington’s inner city children where they can grow in strength as individuals, enjoy life learning experiences, and aspire for bright and successful futures.

Thank you to our community sponsors!

We Make a difference

We are a part of Delaware Stars for Early Success and are a holistic development center for children ages newborn to 18 years of age. We offer a variety of opportunities to suit your child’s interests and needs that are essential to the positive contribution in the community.

At PALW, you can enroll your child in a variety of programs, including after school care, developmental guidance, educational support, recreational and cultural experiences, summer camp, and more!

PROGRAMS and services

Growth and development

We offer a number of programs to encourage self-confidence and drive to help push your child to build better relationships and decision-making skills.

Going beyond the classroom

From tutoring services to community service projects, to drug and bullying prevention activities, your child will be encouraged and ready to make a difference in the community.

Recreation and culture

Get the heart rate up and creative juices flowing with one of our many physically active or art focused activities.

Get Involved

Are you looking to help in some way? We are looking for talented and dedicated people to join us.


The success of our organization would not be possible without the support of individuals, groups, and businesses like you.

Become a Member

Join the PALW as a Member and gain access to our programs and services at our location in Wilmington, Delaware.


From program and event volunteer opportunities to helping with our facilities, we have a spot for you!​

Join Our Staff

The Police Athletic League of Wilmington is an enjoyable and rewarding place to come to work every day. Fill out an application today!​

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Consider using the Police Athletic League of Wilmington’s excellent facilities for your next event.

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