Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board – Chick Fryar
Secretary/Treasurer – Jon Paul Reed
Director – Gregory Jackson
Director -Renee Reed
Director – Sylvester Johnson
Board of Advisors
The Police Athletic League, together with law enforcement in the community, supports and inspires Central Florida youth to realize their full individual potential as productive members of society.
Motto: The Best Friend A Kid Can Have…
All children in Orlando will have a fun place to play, learn and grow, nurtured by a special relationship with youth development professionals and police officers.
Youth Development Philosophy
PAL’s philosophy is grounded in the belief that young people’s individual strengths and capabilities can guide them to mature, productive adulthood with our encouragement and commitment. PAL’s activities are experiential opportunities for young people to expand their horizons and realize their full potential. PAL is committed to training staff in current youth development practices and works towards ensuring that all youth have a voice and an opportunity to succeed.
In 1967, Orlando Police Officer Chick Fryar began a social movement that would eventually be known as the Central Florida Police Athletic League. Officer Chick Fryar a well-known advocate in the City of Orlando, who grew up poor, in the Paramore neighborhood. Mr. Fryar worked closely with the Chief of Police, Robert Chewning, who instructed police officers to seek out the needy in their districts and requested them to contact PAL for assistance. Officer Chick Fryar had a special concern and passion for the underprivileged children who lived in the Orlando area, especially when there were few safe places for them to play or have recreational activities. In reaction to this problem the police Chief Robert Chewing and Officer Chick Fryar organized a city-wide search for a place to start the Police Athletic League. Within three weeks, Officer Chick Fryar found the old Winn Dixie building at 220 S. Orange Blossom Trail and requested that the City of Orlando put in a playground at Lake Lorna Doone. In addition, Chief Robert Chewing and Mayor Carl Langford donated money out of their pockets, while also the City of Orlando gave thousands of dollars to assist with this project. In less than a month, there were 3,000 to 3,500 youth visiting the PAL building and the Lorna Doone Park. It was very apparent that the PAL kept a lot of children off the streets from selling drugs, stealing cars, breaking into buildings and many other crimes by giving them something productive to do while under proper supervision. Furthermore, the Orlando Police Department assisted with organizing police officers and volunteers to establish baseball, basketball and football teams. In 1976, due to PAL’s success and popularity, it was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with consistent support from private individuals and corporations. PAL developed into helping many kids become successful and staying out of trouble than ever before.
Even as of today, the Police Athletic League is a vibrant organization with a special goal; to help the youth of Orange County Florida escape the ravages of crime and despair, and to build their character to ensure a successful life.