Wilmington’s PAL Wrestling program offers tutoring, seeks voluteers

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The Wilmington Police Department’s PAL Wrestling program kicked off in December 2015. Students each week work on tutoring in academics and train in the sport. Photo courtesy of the police department.

The Wilmington Police Department is seeking volunteer tutors for its youth wrestling program, as part of a law enforcement initiative to keep children away from crime and violence.

The Wilmington Police Activities (PAL) Wrestling season kicked off Dec. 7 and will run each Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace St., in downtown Wilmington, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

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“We are in the process of securing a second location, but very excited to finally get the season up and running,” Rawley said.

The first 30 minutes of practice is set aside to focus on tutoring, Rawley said. The police department is seeking interested volunteers to assist with the tutoring portion of the program.

The PAL Wrestling program is for kids ages 8 to 12. There is a $15 fee for each participant to cover the cost of their insurance card required for the sport.

The PAL program is operated by the Wilmington Police Department within the office of the Coordinator of Wilmington PAL, Officer D. Wolfson, located at police headquarters at 615 Bess Street.

Wilmington’s PAL program has been in existence since 2006 and is funded mainly through grants, donations and fundraisers. The purpose of Wilmington PAL is to offer youth an alternative to life on the streets by offering athletic and educational opportunities to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble.

Wilmington PAL was formed to establish trust between law enforcement, citizens and youth; to provide an alternative means of enjoyment and activities; and promote good clean fun, teamwork, accountability, responsibility, self-respect and problem solving.

For more information contact Officer Wolfson at 910-520-3852 or email her at PAL@wilmingtonnc.gov.