the wrong move. “It breaks my heart,” said Jared Anderson, an Olympic hopeful boxer who started in the PAL program. “It makes me think that everybody’s giving up on the kids in the community and they don’t care anymore.” Jared Anderson joined PAL when he was just eight-years-old. Ten years later, he credits his training, discipline and success to the program. He says PAL turned his life around and made him an Olympic hopeful. “It changes lives,” Anderson said. “It helps people become men and women and it doesn’t just keep them out of trouble from day to night, it really helps you change as a person.” His mom says before PAL, Jared was a troublemaker. She says they taught him hard work and commitment. “For me it was a blessing,” explained Deborah Anderson, Jared’s mom. “It was a God sent because like I said he was the youngest of five kids, the one that I had the most behavioral issues from. And I was at a loss for what to do for him.” While Jared will continue his boxing career next month at the Olympic Training Camp, other young hopefuls are not sure what will be next.>>>
which is their most expensive program. They have a little more than 230 kids involved in their program which offers tutoring, coaching and police interaction. Of those more than 200 students, a little more than 30 are in boxing. Boxing costs about $48,000 a year for the program run entirely by fundraisers and grants.
“It’s depressing that it’s closing down,” Anthony Clark, a PAL boxer. “We really don’t know,” said Clark. “It sucks,” added Jacob Ball, another youth in the program. Here’s some of the numbers that made the decision for the PAL Board.
December 21, 2017 By Blair Caldwell | September 20, 2017 - Updated August 16, 2017 TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Players and coaches say they felt sucker punched by the news of the Toledo Police Athletic League’s boxing program shutting down.
But despite these numbers, PAL boxers and their parents think this is
PAL has a number of programs like baseball, basketball and boxing,
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