Sergeant Ken Peterson
It was with great pleasure that Richmond’s Police Athletic League (RPAL) swim ambassador, Miss Layla Balance, accepted a generous donation of $2000 for the RPAL swim program from the New York Police Department’s triathlon team on May 4, 2019. Layla is a Scholar Roll student at a local elementary, and could not swim before joining our program. She is one of the first members of her family who has learned to swim. For the past three years, Layla has participated in all of our summer water activities.
This gesture from the NYPD triathlon team was met with overwhelming gratitude. The team visited Richmond before competing in the Ironman Virginia Competition in Williamsburg, VA. Richmond Police Department Major Roger Russell, Captain Michael Bender, and Sgt. Kenneth Peterson accompanied Layla as she accepted the generous gift.
Each year approximately 155 students attend our PAL summer program. Through this initiative, participants engage in positive interactions with officers from the Richmond Police Department. Officers and youth discuss barriers to academic and behavioral success, as well as concerns that they may have surrounding the communities in which they reside. Officers also deliver character education lessons provided by the State of Virginia Attorney General’s Office where they guide students through making good choices, conflict resolution, and other critical life skills.
Through recreational activity, RPAL has been able to assist participants in bridging the gap between the youth in our community and those who protect and serve the Commonwealth. We are passionate about this mission, and grateful to be able to have a positive impact on youth.
This program would not be possible without the support of generous donors. Everyone has an opportunity to make an impact in the lives of child and to improve their community. Richmond PAL welcomes any and all support whether it be through monetary donations or volunteering your time. You can also make a difference!
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