Tarpon Pointe Grill, Billy Rice and the Billy Rice Band, and Tom MacKnight and the Guilty Pleasures Band, partnering together on Friday, November 28th, and Saturday, November 29th to raise funds for PAL, Manatee County’s Police Athletic League, please join us.
Bruce Bottorff, founder of Tarpon Pointe Grill and President of Manatee County’s Police Athletic League is on a mission to support PAL, and the youth who participate in the life influencing programs. PAL, a program that as a youth had a meaningful impact on his life. Mr. Bottorff, started his football career at PAL as a youth. He earned an academic scholarship to attend Yale and played football on the Yale Bulldog team. He always thanks the PAL leaders for the positive impact they had on his life, and he wants to keep the tradition going.
The Police Athletic League uses athletic and recreational programs as a tool, a way to involve children in the program. While involved with PAL, the message of avoiding gangs, drugs, alcohol, and other detriments, is discussed with the youngsters. Although nationally known as a recreation program, the Police Athletic League has adapted to the changing times. PAL programs now incorporate programs such as computer skills, mentoring, and homework help, to further aid our children.
Studies show that if a youngster responds to a police officer in a positive way on the ball field or in the classroom, he or she will very likely come to respect the laws that a police officer enforces. Such benefit to the youngsters and to the neighborhood and business community in which they grow up is virtually immeasurable.
PAL of Manatee County offers football, cheerleading, basketball, boxing, summer camp, and inline hockey programs. Our current membership is 878.
In Florida, there are 54 PAL chapters, serving 275,000 children.