Phoenixville Area PAL receives grant from local VFW

Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League Executive Director, Officer Jim Deoria, accepts a $5,000 donation from Commander Bing Gensemer from the Phoenixville Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Ettinger-Powers-Campbell Post 1564. Photo courtesy of the Phoenixville Area PAL

The Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League (PAL) was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Phoenixville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to fund PAL youth programs including: boxing, wrestling, golf clinics and babysitting certification classes.

PAL is so grateful to the VFW for partnering with us to help bring unique after-school programs to our community, said Officer Jim Deoria, executive director of the Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League. Thanks to the VFWs support and very generous donation, together we can impact the lives of many children.

The VFW grant will fund PAL enrichment and athletic programs designed to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble. PAL does not charge participants fees and most programs are free. PAL programs are open to all Phoenixville youth and focus on building confidence and self-esteem, as well as leadership and decision-making skills.

The Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing juvenile crime by mentoring and coaching youth, ages 6 though 21, from the Phoenixville, Royersford and Spring City communities. PAL offers a variety of after-school enrichment and athletic programs that teach life values and civic standards by engaging youth in active, healthful activities. For information call 610-917-3735 or visit the PAL website at www.