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Danbury PAL Grows Programs To Serve More Kids, Adds New Sports

The Storm girl's softball team is among the activities sponsored by Danbury PAL.
The Storm girl's softball team is among the activities sponsored by Danbury PAL. Photo Credit: Facebook

DANBURY, Conn. -- This past year, the Danbury Police Activity League is serving more children in its sports programs than ever before.

PAL has seen a 64 percent growth in its programs, which directly correlates the number of children served.

“PAL is growing and we are thrilled to serve more area families. The PAL Center is extremely busy with kids of all ages and most of our programs, in and outside of our facility, are seeing double-digit increases,” says Maura Keenan, executive director.

The Danbury PAL is a non ­for profit organization that inspires youth from the greater Danbury community to have fun, be active, and develop leadership skills by providing a healthy and safe environment where children can thrive.

It has been in operation since 1972 and has grown to serve over 5,000 area youth in various sports leagues.

Last summer, PAL surveyed parents in the greater Danbury community to determine areas of need. That feedback is being used to develop new programs.

PAL has since added Spring Volleyball, annual PAL Memberships, Little Ballers Basketball for Kindergarten and 1st graders, free family events, and has partnered with Danbury Youth Soccer to bring Futsal to Danbury.

The group also focused attention and resources to expand existing programs. With the help of dozens of volunteers, it has growth in Girls Softball, In­House Girls Basketball, Swimming, Field Hockey and others.

“We are a volunteer-driven organization, with dozens of amazing people giving their time and talent to serve our area youth. With the right support and allocation of resources, we are seeing tremendous growth,” Keenan said.

PAL has begun to develop a strategic plan and is implementing new initiatives. The group has added two part-time staff members to focus on growing programs and improving organizational processes. It has also put resources into marketing, updating its website, and developing partnerships in the community with other youth organizations.

To learn more about Danbury PAL, click here to visit its website or call 203.778.4725. The PAL Center is located at 35 Hayestown Road, Danbury near Candlewood Lake.

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