Women's Basketball Teams up with P.A.L. in Playground Build for Inner City Youth
February 21, 2011
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- While most people were still catching a few extra hours of sleep at 5:30 on a Saturday morning, the members of the women’s basketball team at Palm Beach Atlantic University were found serving alongside the Palm Beach County Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) in their annual playground build with KaBoom. The eight players, along with the coaching staff, assisted the P.A.L. members and 200 plus volunteers on the cool, rainy February 12th morning by constructing the new playground in downtown West Palm Beach on the corner of Tamarind Avenue and Seventh Street.
KaBoom is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality playspaces for every child in America through the help of local community leaders. In their fight against childhood obesity, broken communities, learning disorders, childhood behavioral issues, and violence, KaBoom has built over 1,900 playgrounds throughout the United States for the purpose of creating “healthier, happier, and smarter children, greener cities, better schools, and stronger neighborhoods.”
The Lady Sailfish, in conjunction with other members of the PBA Workship community, provided their services through registration of volunteers, concessions, and various other activities throughout the morning. The completion of the playground will provide the inner city youth of West Palm Beach with a local hangout and exercise area, as part of the city’s continuous movement toward making the community better and long-lasting for children and their families.