who we are

a Partner - a collaborator - a connector

PAL is a committed partner of law enforcement in their efforts to bring peace and security to our streets.  We support impactful engagement programs and initiatives that promote positive relationships between police and the community and inspire our youth.

a history of community

In 1914, the Police Commissioner of New York, concerned about youth in the inner-city, converted vacant lots into playgrounds and blocked off streets for youth to play. These streets would be known as Playstreets and provided a place for positive interactions between youth and police. Meanwhile, on the Lower East Side, Captain John Sweeney created the youth program, Junior Police. In 1936, in response to a letter from President Franklin Roosevelt regarding the positive character-building outcomes of the Junior Police Athletics League, the first PAL was formally organized. Since then, many cities and towns in the United States have developed similar chapters, including Boston.

Boston PAL

In 1985, concerned local citizens organized the first Police Athletic League in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a community crime prevention resource. For nearly 40 years, PAL has been dedicated to cultivating a culture of trust and respect between the community and law enforcement through programs and activities aimed at character development, improving educational outcomes, and reducing crime.

As an independent nonprofit organization, PAL has played a crucial role in offering life-changing opportunities to under-resourced populations by supporting sports leagues, community events, youth leadership development programs, and other activities designed to impact, inspire, and empower our youth. In 2019, we changed our name to the Police Activities League to better reflect the diverse range of opportunities we provide to the community.

PAL of Massachusetts

In collaboration with a variety of law enforcement and community partners, PAL is strategically expanding its presence in Massachusetts by supporting community policing programs throughout the Commonwealth. These programs, which include sports leagues and games, community events, leadership development programs, and social and cultural outings and activities, are intended to impact, inspire, and empower more vulnerable youth.

Through collaborative, innovative, and impactful partnerships, we can empower a greater number of youth to achieve emotional maturity, develop self-confidence, and acquire tangible skills. By doing so, we enhance their likelihood of becoming emotionally healthy, self-sufficient citizens who actively contribute to their communities.

2024 PAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Charles E. Batchelder

Board Chairman

Wyman Street Advisors

President & CEO

Emily Neill

Board President

Robert Half, Executive Search

Senior Managing Director

Kahlil Olmstead

Board Secretary

Gilbane

Managing Director

John J. Boyle

Director

Cushman & Wakefield

Vice Chairman

Jay Calnan

Director

J. Calnan & Associates

CEO

Greg Clark

Director

Westin Waterfront

Dir of Sales & Marketing

John T. Connelly

Director

Longwood Security Services

President & CEO

William E. Dwyer

Director

Dwyer Family Foundation

Trustee

Paul Fitzgerald

Director

Blue Force Strategies

Community First Project

Christopher Ford

Director

Ford Family Foundation

Trustee

James Geraghty

Director

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth

Managing Director

Dan Gray

Director

Independent Electrical Supply

President & CEO

John Greenip

Director

CREF

Vice President

Sam Horn

Director

Red Sox Legend

Sports Commentator

Gregory Meahl

Director

Baystate Financial

Partner

Peter Nesbit

Director

Boston Red Sox

VP Ballpark Operations

Austin O'Connor

Director

The Briar Group

CEO

Joseph Zink

Director

Atlantic Management

President & CEO