By Erin Davisson
An open house for the Police Athletic League boxing program was held Saturday, Nov. 9 at the David B. Farber Training Center in Royal Palm Beach.
The boxing program dates back to the Royal Palm Beach Police Department before that agency merged with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 2006. The PBSO has continued the program, Community Outreach Coordinator Diane Smith said.
The PAL offers programs that teach various sports, such as boxing, basketball and flag football, and are coached by law enforcement officers. “This so that our youth league can socialize and connect with our officers,” Smith said.
Aside from the Royal Palm Beach team, another county PAL group came to the open house, along with a group from Port St. Lucie.
Smith noted that aside from the PBSO, the Village of Royal Palm Beach has also been a key supporter of the boxing program, providing the training center for them to use.
Despite the success of the PAL program, more coaches and volunteers are needed. To learn more, call (561) 753-7015 or visit www.pbcpal.org.