The Tuscaloosa Police Department has one of only four PAL Programs in the state of Alabama which are affiliated with the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Inc. Each week PAL serves over 200 children with special after-school programs. Many of the programs are conducted at the Harris-Glynn Gym, located at McKenzie Court.
Two-Time US Olympics champion (1984 & 1988), and University of Alabama Track and Field star (1983-1989), Officer Lillie Leatherwood, serves as the program’s director. Director Leatherwood is assisted by Officer Tony Lucious who was a standout athlete at Tuscaloosa County High School prior to joining the Police Department in 1990.
The Police Athletic League (PAL) is a juvenile crime prevention program designed to place police officers and at-risk youth together in a positive environment through structured programs such as athletics, educational activities and cultural trips. PAL provides children with the opportunity to participate in organized activities promoting self-esteem, drug awareness, community clean up, and mentoring. Additionally, PAL supervises after-school activities such as the computer lab, study hall, basketball, organized play periods, and extended holiday hours. PAL also runs the Kid’s Club, sponsored by Calvary Baptist, which promotes similar activities.