The benefits of Police Activities League (PAL) programs are numerous - having fun, meeting new friends, and learning life skills that help shape children into smart and responsible young adults.
Now, Redwood City PAL has a new after-school basketball program they're eager to share with more children from the community, called the "Wolf Pack."
For ages 13 to 17, Wolf Pack basketball will teach kids "the fundamentals of basketball at the highest level, with life skills like decision-making too," says N'Jai LeBlanc, the head of the program. It's all part of the Wolf Pack's "MVP" motto - "Morals, Values and Principals."
LeBlanc says the program is very well-rounded, and a great experience for kids.
"What we're trying to do is produce productive human beings in today's society, and help keep them in shape through basketball," LeBlanc added.
LeBlanc says the program has spots open for around 40 kids. So far, they have about 26, so there's plenty of room for more. Eventually, PAL hopes the program will turn into a league, but right now, they do participate in some tournaments around the Bay Area.
Wolf Pack meets on Monday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. in the PAL building for a classroom-like meeting, and on Wednesdays from 8:10 to 10:10 p.m. at the gym in the Red Morton Community Center for basketball.
Those interested should drop by the gym on Wednesday evenings to fill out a registration form. LeBlanc says, there's room for everyone, regardless of experience.
"No kid is turned away," he said.
LeBlanc said the program has a lot of support from the City, including Police Chief JR Gamez, Parks and Recreation Director Chris Beth and PAL Executive Director Tom Cronin.
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