The Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL) is a not for profit organization that was formed in 1992 by police officers who wanted to create a positive bond with the youth of our community. Officers and qualified coaches interact and conduct classes in Boxing, Judo, Aikido, Police Explorers, Rugby and Lacrosse. The programs stress self dicipline and provide a structured enviroment during the after school hours when youth are most likely to engage in at risky behavior. These officers become role models for many of the youth involved in the programs and more importantly become a part of the community they patrol. In 2004 the Manchester Police Athletic League opened up its current facility at 409 Beech Street and operates five days a week.
In 2007 the building was renamed the Manchester Police Athletic League/Michael Briggs Community Center in honor of fallen Officer Michael Briggs. Many of our city's youth as well as those from surrounding towns, have participated in one or more of the programs offered by MPAL. The majority of youth come from our inner city or from lower income families. We provide financial aid for programs outside of the building on a case by case basis and all of our programs at the MPAL/Michael Briggs Community Center are free.
The Manchester Police Athletic League is a true non profit because each and every donation goes directly towards programming and building costs. We have no administrative salaries.
For more information on MPAL and its programs, please contact Officer Rich Ell at 603-626-0211, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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