In the heart of Wilmington, the echoes of basketballs bouncing and cheers resonated through our Brigade Campus gym with the return of the PAL Hoops championship. PAL (Police Activities League) Hoops, is a proactive community policing program designed to connect police officers with the youth in their community. They do this through engaging boys and girls in positive sports and activities that improve their quality of life and professional development opportunities. Club members and officers trained together on a regular basis, improving not only their basketball skills but their relationships as well.

The partnership with our Clubs began in 2010, and returned this year after a pause due to COVID. This year’s championship unfolded between our two Club sites: the Community Campus and the Brigade Campus. The court was set, and the atmosphere buzzed with excitement as boys and girls, guided by their police officer mentors, showcased not only their basketball skills but also the spirit of unity and sportsmanship that defines PAL Hoops.

After an exhilarating game, the Brigade Campus emerged victorious, their hard work and dedication shining through on the court.

Each participant, mentor, and supporter played a crucial role in making this event a success. The cheers, the camaraderie, and sense of community pride reflect the essence of PAL Hoops—a program that not only nurtures athletic talent and cultivates a sense of belonging and optimism among the youth.

In the true spirit of PAL Hoops, we look forward to many more years of building bridges between law enforcement and the community, and providing our youth with the opportunities they need to thrive. Here’s to a slam dunk return and the promise of an even brighter future ahead!

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