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Ribbon cutting for Mallison Park

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Renovations to the Police Athletic League Mallison Park football field are complete and a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in celebration of the enhancements TONIGHT at 5:30 pm.

The renovations were made possible through a $100,000 grant awarded by the NFL Youth Football Fund and LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) in June 2008. The funds were administered by LISC Jacksonville and used to install a new irrigation system, replace existing sod, grade the field, and add new lighting. This is the seventh NFL Grassroots field grant awarded to Jacksonville non profits and administered by LISC Jacksonville, and the second awarded to the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville.

WHEN:

5:30 p.m

WHERE:

Mallison Park

441 Day Avenue

Jacksonville, FL 32254

WHO:

Wayne and Delores Weaver, Joni Foster, Executive Director, LISC Board Members, Police Athletic League Staff, Board Members and Kids, Lieutenant Rob Schoonover, Executive Director, PAL

WHAT:

Funded by the NFL Youth Football Fund and LISC, PAL has renovated Mallison Park, which is on the border of North Riverside and Lackawanna, north of Interstate 10.  PAL offers year-round and seasonal sports programs, after school activities, tutoring, and summer camps.

Improvements to the PAL Mallison Park site, as well as many PAL programs and facilities, are made possible through community and partnerships. Since 2005 the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation has donated approximately $100,000 to the Jacksonville Police Athletic League to fund afterschool education programs. This PAL location serves as a model of successful public/private partnerships formed for the purpose of providing early intervention to area youth, while reducing crime in a neighborhood.

*The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville is a 501(c)3 non-profit, youth service organization that has been serving the youth of Jacksonville since 1972.

Mission Statement: PAL provides safe activities for the youth of Jacksonville in an effort to reduce juvenile crime and instill positive values, character, and leadership skills, Our athletic and educational programs emphasize positive interaction with law enforcement officers and other adult role models.*

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