Sparks Hosts Career Day for Police Athletic League
November 22, 2016
Last week, Sparks hosted twenty at-risk youth from pro bono client PAL (Police Athletic League; phillypal.org) and their mentor police officers for a motivational Career Day at our Philadelphia headquarters.
PAL’s Philadelphia league was founded in 1947 to offer sandlot baseball to the youth of north Philadelphia. At the time, the Police Athletic League consisted of one Sergeant with a vision and a team of neighborhood kids who were willing to play ball. Since its inception, PAL has worked to build positive relationships between youth, the communities in which they live, and the dedicated men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department. During the intervening years, tens-of-thousands of children have gone to their neighborhood PAL center to escape the dangers of the streets play organized sports, and engage in a variety of educational and cultural activities.
Sparks was proud to not only lend a helping hand to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League with a full creative brand refresh, but to demonstrate the hard work and dedication that goes into the execution of the innovative events and activations we produce in the hopes of inspiring the kids to fulfill their own talents.
The day began with Sparks employees from various departments captivating the kids with tales of their own job responsibilities, goals, and careers. As talks of both aspirations and failures went on, it became clear to the employees and kids alike - the best path is not always the easiest.
After a tour of the facility followed by lunch, the group was broken into teams of kids, mentors, and employees all tasked with creating a water bottle for retail using only the materials that were provided. Favorites were voted on, and a winning team announced along with prizes for everyone. But, at the end of the day, it was clear that the greatest takeaway for all involved was that Sparks imparted on the kids how much they were cared for, rooted for, and that they should never, ever give up.
The response from PAL was overwhelming. “This organization is built upon the support of community donors and without question your generosity is a model example of that needed support,” said Lt Evelyn Cintron, Commanding Officer. “I am grateful for your goodwill and support of PAL and our mission.”
Sparks is proud to support such an inspiring organization, and prouder still of our employees who devoted their time to help make a difference in the lives of Philadelphia’s at-risk youth.
For more information on how you can help, please visit phillypal.org. or the national organization.
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