WATERBURY, Conn. – (October 16, 2023) – As part of Post University’s commitment to helping local youth realize their full potential, the institution has announced its official sponsorship with the Police Activity League (PAL) of Waterbury for its co-ed basketball program.
Registration opens today, October 16, 2023 for the Winter 2024 session.
Proceeds from the $38,000 sponsorship will help expand the program and underwrite games and tournaments. Local youth practice and play in the Frederick W. Blasius Recreation Center and various school gymnasiums in Waterbury. Additionally, Post will provide t-shirts for participants.
“By teaming up with Post University, we’re not only merging our resources and expertise but also forging connections that nurture positive community relationships, all while creating a pathway to college for the future leaders of our community,” said Waterbury PAL President and Waterbury Police Department Police Department Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo.
“Post University is committed to serving as socially responsible community advocates. Our hope is to provide our young individuals with the fundamental life skills and educational opportunities that will position them for a life of success,” said Post University CEO & President John L. Hopkins.
Waterbury PAL has over 1,100 youth boys and girls who participate in the year-round basketball program. The program includes three divisions: co-ed teams for youth ages 4-6, boys and girls teams for ages 7-14 and a boys high school league for ages 15-17.
Participants must be between the ages of four and 18. Annual registration is $30.
“This community partnership will continue to ensure that PAL can provide our youth a variety of basketball programs in a safe environment while building mentoring relationships between cops and kids,” explained Lieutenant Ryan Bessette, Officer In Charge of Waterbury Police Department Community Relations Division.
The Waterbury PAL sponsorship is the most recent example of Post’s commitment to its surrounding community and history supporting local organizations that positively impact the community’s youth. Most notably, the university partnered with the Connecticut Sun, a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team, to expand access to higher education.
To learn more about the PAL Waterbury program or register for the upcoming basketball program, visit https://www.waterburypal.org/. To learn more about partnership opportunities with Post, visit https://post.edu/partners/.