BRONX CHILDREN ENJOY THE SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF SUMMER AT
POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S ANNUAL SUMMER DAY CAMP CARNIVAL
Photo 1: Youngsters participated in games at PAL’s Annual Summer Carnival.
On July 15, 2011, 800 youngsters from all five boroughs celebrated the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Summer Day Camp with a fun-filled day of games, arts and crafts and circus acts at a Carnival extravaganza at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. PAL transformed the city park into a summer oasis for Bronx children, ages five to seven from PAL’s New South Bronx Center, PAL’s Webster-Giannone Center in Fordham-Tremont and PS 48 in Hunts Point, with Nok Hockey, board games, carnival booths, face painting and more. Youngsters tested their strength on a High Striker, competed in potato sack races, enjoyed team-building carnival games and were treated to performances by clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
“My favorite part of the day was seeing the clowns perform,” said six-year-old Samantha from PAL’s PS 48. “They were so funny and taught us magic tricks.”
The Summer Day Camp Carnival promoted cooperation, camaraderie, sportsmanship and self-esteem through a variety of fun and exciting activities. The Police Athletic League’s Summer Day Camp serves over 2,000 elementary school youth annually. It runs for eight weeks between July and August in 15 PAL Centers throughout the five boroughs, offering an alternative to families who can’t afford private camps or daycare services when school is out.
The Police Athletic League is an official legacy organization of the 2011 World Police & Fire Games. New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first, largest and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served New York City’s young people for 97 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to over 50,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.