PAL Club Employees Share

Apr 1, 2021  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

The Mar­i­on Police Department’s Police Ath­let­ic League or PAL Club” is com­prised of only two employ­ees – Bill Alter and Bre Lay­poole. These two civil­ian employ­ees are being high­light­ed for their ded­i­ca­tion in serv­ing the youth of the PAL Club, par­tic­u­lar­ly dur­ing the brunt of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic in 2020. The PAL Club was one of the few local leagues that still pro­vid­ed an oppor­tu­ni­ty for kids to par­tic­i­pate in sports.

Mar­i­on Police Chief Angela Haley expressed grat­i­tude for the PAL Club and the peo­ple who make it pos­si­ble. We have been able to keep the doors open at the PAL Club safe­ly dur­ing this whole pan­dem­ic, allow­ing chil­dren the abil­i­ty to play and par­tic­i­pate in team sports.”

Both employ­ees explained that con­tin­u­ing PAL Club oper­a­tions did not come with­out chal­lenges includ­ing try­ing to keep up with fre­quent­ly chang­ing gov­ern­ment guidelines.

Despite the chal­lenges, Alter said, We were still able to accom­plish get­ting all of our leagues able to play. We had a full base­ball sea­son by start­ing it a lit­tle lat­er and run­ning it into lat­er in the sum­mer. We also had a full out­door soc­cer sea­son and fin­ished with a full indoor soc­cer sea­son.” He added that par­ents and spec­ta­tors were very coop­er­a­tive with the spe­cial guide­lines and changes.

Lay­poole expressed that the PAL Club leagues’ con­tin­u­a­tion was very impor­tant for the fam­i­lies. Play­ing ball is a nor­mal thing, and it gave every­one some­thing to look for­ward to,” she emphasized.

Both employ­ees are proud of the PAL Club’s mission.

Lay­poole said, It’s so much fun being a part of the PAL Club. It’s a safe place for kids to have fun and play ball.”

Alter, a 30-year PAL Club vet­er­an, stat­ed, I’m proud of what we bring to the community’s youth. I have spent many years mak­ing sure the kids have a safe, fun place to par­tic­i­pate in our sports.”