George Forman link to video: https://youtu.be/8T8UYLtcNhI
"The police saved my life, Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier's life." "You gotta spend time. You gotta keep the youth busy. I WAS A PRODUCT OF THE PAL - Police Athletic League. Police used to come out and volunteer with us. We didn't see their guns. We saw their dedication." "THE MISSING LINK IS SOMETHING CALLED PAL." Muhammed Ali was told, "Look, you don't have to fight. I'll show you how to get your bike back." "Joe Frazier was told, "Come on down to the gym and work out." "I was taken all the way to Golden Gloves." "The police were our buddies." "You gotta have activity going all the time to keep the youth in check."
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Thank you to everyone that makes Key West PAL BJJ and Key West PAL possible: Richard Thomas, Deglys Chavarria, Boyd Williams, Rob Cohen, Roland Malone, Matt N Danyle, Megan Wilcox, Ricky Jackson, Debra Jackson, Jason Fletcher, Brandon Burton, Tony Ane, Tamie Wilson, Patrik Patrick Mikesz, the Home Depot, Key West Chemical, Sunset Key, Chip Jewell - Reel Patriot Charters, Justin Brunet and our Fight Sports Florida Keys family on Big Pine Key, Areaka Jewell, Kuniko Keohane, Bill Fortune, David Tzadok, Smadar Tzadok Murtha, Henry Hamilton, Amy Morales, Bone Diggy, Ken Mazer, Frank Dominguez, Michael Malgrat, Angel Ortiz, Aaron Eckard, Candi Candia, Erin and Luis Toro, Maritza Rodriguez, Austin Beard, Jason and Briana Castillo, Tamara Snider, Timmy Leonard, Romeo Bagherinia, and all of the coaches, volunteers and all of the people who donated which includes students, kids, moms, dads, aunts and uncles, friends and strangers. Thank you everyone!
Hopefully we can gather our youth together with our community businesses and our cops and create a calm center and a bright future where we work as partners and members of one family together to take care of our youth and make a strong future. I have faith. We have a new logo for our local Key West PAL. The badge represents our officers and the honor and integrity that they are expected to uphold. The triangle is the strongest shape in the universe. The 3 parts of the triangle make up kids, community and cops. By working together we can create a calm center and a bright future and keep our heads clear to create a good future for our community where it all starts over again with the next generation of kids, cops and community working together hand in hand. The thin blue line represents the line between order and chaos that cops must carefully navigate.
Our local Police Athletic League (PAL) doesn't receive any tax payer money, unless you're talking about local businesses who have contributed money including myself and many other small businesses. We also host car washes to raise money. PAL in our community operates completely for free. The children, coaches and volunteers have donated money themselves to buy uniforms for the children. All of the coaches, including me, volunteer our time.
I can tell you after watching the transformation of children from getting in trouble, arrested and being on probation to being helpful children who follow direct and help new students there's no denying, when you see it on a one-to-one personal interaction that we make a difference.
I've have more than one single mother with children tell me that her kids were uncontrollable and wouldn't listen to direction. Those mothers told me that their children have been transformed and their lives have changed.
I had a mother tell me that no one in her family had smiled in many, many years. Everyone was angry and sad and had given up on life. Now that entire family is a PAL student or a volunteer. They smile and laugh and contribute. It's clear to see that their lives have been transformed. They will tell you their lives have been transformed.
We have a PAL student who is not a PAL coach. He has become a wonderful, kind, hard working and generous adult.
We have 2 students who have competed in World Championship Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Both have won during different years. Both have one twice.
We're making a difference in our community. It's a collaboration between the community, the kids and the cops working together to help our children. And we haven't received any taxpayer money.
Expanding the program would help the children in our community. We would need more volunteers and more money would expand our program.