This weekend the team from PPI-SPIN went out to Detroit, MI to launch a strategic partnership with the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL). Detroit PAL is the premier after school sports program in Detroit, and works with over 14,000 youth each year across a variety of sports. The partnership, sponsored in part by the Detroit Pistons, is part of PAL’s Team Up program whose goal is to improve the quality of relationships between polices officers, youth and the community by matching Detroit Police officers as assistant coaches on youth sports teams. As a part of the trip, PPI delivered a comprehensive sport for development training to eight police officers and eight PAL coaches at Boysville gymnasium, a historic gym PAL has used to serve the West Detroit area for years. PPI trainers facilitated activities related to positive youth coaching, conflict resolution, and relationship building while introducing participants to the curriculum that they will be delivering with their teams over the next seven weeks.
“The training was very engaging and beneficial to the police officer’s and Detroit PAL coaches. It provided us with new ideas and skills in which we can utilize with the over 14,000 youth that we serve yearly. Also, the training provided us with additional knowledge in which to guide our youth, not direct them, in solving their problems and expand their exploration of ideas and challenge their thinking and allow us to act as a collaborator in the problem-solving process.”
- Officer Chenetta Pasley, a sixteen-year veteran of the Detroit police and youth development officer for Detroit PAL
Detroit is one of several domestic cities that PPI will have a growing presence in throughout the coming months. The opportunity came in large part due to Vice Chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment and PPI Board Member Arn Tellem. Tellem has been a strong advocate for PPI to establish partnerships and support local stakeholders in the Detroit area over the last year.