Champions Games Day

From left, Cheyenna Gonzalez, Stephanie Martinez, Freddy Robaina, SanMiguel Oquendo, Andrew Cordon and Ricardo Tavarez from PAL’s Webster Center in Fordham-Tremont, competed together in the 3-on-3 Basketball Challenge at the Police Athletic League Tournament of Champions Games Day.

More than 500 Police Athletic League youngsters, from all five boroughs of New York City, competed in city-wide tournaments during a fun-filled day of games and smiles at PAL’s Annual Tournament of Champions in Queens on March 26, 2013.

Children, ages five to 13, challenged their peers from PAL centers across the city in Double Dutch Jump Rope, Connect Four, Noc Hockey, Math Challenge, Brain Quest, 3-on-3 Basketball, Egg Drop Challenge, Fitness Challenge, Pool and Sorry.

The Tournament of Champions is an annual PAL event, fostering better understanding and relationships by bringing together boys and girls of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. PAL encourages youngsters to develop athletic and educational skills, and the sportsmanship qualities of discipline, fair play and healthy competition.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for 99 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 40,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit

Jacquernst Filias and Lovell Jones, fifth graders from PAL’s Brownsville Beacon Center, competed in the Egg Drop Challenge, working together to protect their egg from cracking when put through a series of vigorous tests.

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