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Jan, 2016

40+ Years of Niagara PAL

In 2010 the Niagara Police Athletic League celebrated four decades of service to youth. The following is a chronological history of the Niagara Police Athletic League. In Niagara PAL’s forty plus years it is estimated that more than 500,000 youth have participated in PAL programs and between 8,000 and 10,000 volunteers have contributed approximately 400,000 hours.


1967 Niagara Knights 105lb football team – the forerunner to Niagara PAL *

1970 Added baseball started actual PAL

1974 Attended first National PAL tournament - basketball in Indianapolis.

1976 Hosted national PAL basketball tournament (first of many)

1981 Started scholarship program that developed into the Students of Excellence *

Started Festival of lights basketball tournament (Currently the Cataract City Classic) *

Hosted National PAL basketball tournament

Hosted fighters from the Derry City, Ireland Rosemont boxing club

1982 Brought back the Bicycle Safety Rodeos *

1983 Established the Sports Awards Dinner *

Charter member International Year of the Youth, as commissioned by the United Nations

1984 Olympic trials marathon

Students of Excellence *

Hosted National PAL boxing tournament (Michael Tyson fought)

1985 International Youth Conference – Japan - International Year of the Youth

1986 Festival of Lights added girl’s teams

Christmas in July and December at Children’s Hospital

1987 Magna Charta exhibition

Established SADD chapters in Niagara County schools

1988 NF Grand Prix

1989 Elementary School Run *

Hosted National PAL baseball and basketball tournaments

1990 Instructional soccer program *

1991 Niagara Nights midnight basketball

Youth Forum *

1992 16 & under girls basketball national PAL champion

1993 World University Games – hosted two venues, gymnastics and baseball

Jeff Paterson and Katie Crocker (Curry) first recipients of

Presidential Youth awards in the United States

1994    Christmas in July and December at School 84

Youth Forum Community Leader’s luncheon

1995 Can/Am (now Alan R. Elia Memorial Basketball Tournament) *

1996 Hosted National PAL Youth Festival

1997 Hosted National PAL Youth Festival

1998 World Baseball Congress – Japan

Kidz & Kites *

Exchange program with New York City PAL

1999 Youth Court *

National PAL Youth Enrichment Act – co-authored and lobbied for passage

2000 Do The Right Thing *

2001 Every 15 Minutes *

2002 Easter Event *

Partnership for Youth

2005 Breakfast with Santa *

Spooktacular *

PAL Youth Leadership Conference – DC

2006 Mark “Chief” Williams Memorial basketball tournament * 

Twelve Days of Xmas *

Great Niagara Steakout *
2007 Girls lacrosse *

Youth to Youth literacy *
Affecting Youth TV show *

2010 Fine Arts Awards *

2011 Elementary School Basketball League *

            Elementary School Soccer program *

            High School Boy’s Lacrosse *

2012 Instructional Golf program *

            PAL Festival & Telethon *

2013 “Cops & Kids” Four Mile Run *

            Holiday Card Signing *

* Program still in existence

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