Commitment to Youth

Through well-established boxing programs, at-risk youth have the opportunity to participate in an organized sport, which builds self-esteem as well as physical strength. Additionally, to be in the boxing program youngsters have to sign a pledge that they will be drug, alcohol, and antisocial-behavior free. Through this training the boxers have received positive recognition by the thousands of spectators who have attended these matches. The boxing program has been coached and supported by many high-profile individuals within the judicial system and law enforcement communities in Illinois.

  • Youth boxing team match with Chicago Park District, Naperville Holiday Inn

  • Mayor Daley ISCC State Championships, Curie High School, Chicago, IL

  • Youth boxing team match with Celtic Boxing Club, Naperville, Holiday Inn

  • Youth boxing team match with Celtic Boxing Club and Awards Ceremony, Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

  • Youth boxing team match with Celtic Boxing Club, Sabre Room, Hickory Hills

  • Combat Games, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, a sports festival to promote youth activities which are drug and alcohol free and which foster positive relationships between police and youth.

  • Successful candidates from the youth outreach program were eligible to apply for well-paying positions within a structured mentorship procedure.

  • Youth boxing event, Marriott Chicago Southwest, Burr Ridge

  • Youth boxing event, Park Place, Countryside

  • Chartered by National Police Athletic League as the Police Athletic League of Illinois.

  • Youth State Boxing Championship Fundraiser held for fallen Chicago police officer and ISCC boxer John Hurley.

  • Formal announcement of Police Athletic League of Illinois and the formation of first 5 Chicago boxing clubs.

  • Established Operation First Chance™ Program, an alternative for youths’ first encounters with the legal system.

  • January 2007 Regional Police Athletic League Boxing championships, Merrionette Park

  • February 2007 Regional Police Athletic League Boxing Championships, Merrionette Park

  • March 2007 Regional Police Athletic League Boxing Championships, Merrionette Park

  • April 2007 Regional Police Athletic League Boxing Championships, Merrionette Park

  • Established citywide program to combat violet crime working with the Chicago Park District and U.S. Olympic Committee by opening 20 “Gloves Not Guns” locations throughout Chicago

  • Fall 2007 Opened PAL at St. Margaret of Scotland School, Chicago

  • Spring 2008 Opened PAL’s Notre Dame High School in Niles and in the City of Elgin

  • Operation Backpack – In cooperation with Dunkin’ Donuts, ISCC/PAL-IL is collecting school supplies and new clothing for the Chicago area disadvantaged children

  • Mega boxing event Altgeld Gardens, Chicago

  • Delivered thousands of backpacks and t-shirts to needy children in Chicagoland, large event in Chicago Heights. Back to School Free Fair

  • Established Sheriff’s Athletic League in Cook County

  • Delivered 6,400 new winter coats to needy children in Chicagoland through the Brian Urlacher Clothes for Kids program.

  • Announced Police Athletic League after school dance program in Chicago Heights.

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