In a press release dated July 18, the nonprofit group said they received a Community Matching Grant from the foundation to support PAL FUNdamentals, which combines Junior Giants baseball and USTA HITS youth tennis. The program will provide youth with valuable skills and experiences, the press release said.
PAL FUNdamentals will run through November with hours varying throughout the year.
The free program will offer activities that provide leadership and life skills and help build trust between youth, community, and law enforcement. Youth that participate should increase physical activity, learn to read, learn to communicate, develop healthy relationships with adult role models, learn to avoid violence and bullying, eat healthier and drink more water, the press release said.
“This is fantastic news,” PAL Board Member Al De Vos said in the press release. “We have more kids and parents participating every year. Hollister School District is providing nutritious lunches on game days, the San Benito County Free Library is helping with summer reading and the City of Hollister Recreation Department is putting a lot of effort in. A couple of our county supervisors even allocated funds to the program this year. Junior Giants is a summer highlight for a lot of families. We appreciate this support from the Community Foundation.”
The San Benito County Police Activities League is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization led and staffed by a volunteer board of directors. The league and the Hollister Recreation Department maintain a municipal/nonprofit partnership to expand youth services. For more information, contact the league at (831) 902-7585.