Gannon University to Host 2nd Annual Police Athletic League
Erie, Pa. – The second annual Erie Police Athletic League (PAL) kicks off its summer camp July 23-27 at
the Gannon University Recreation and Wellness Center, 130 W. Fourth St.
At the PAL day camp hosted by Gannon University, children will be encouraged to participate in sports and
activities such as martial arts, swimming and wrestling while being mentored by Erie police officers, sheriff's
deputies and Gannon University varsity coaches and student-athletes. Participation has increased from the
inaugural camp to include students from Pfieffer-Burleigh Elementary, McKinley Elementary School,
Harding School, Trinity Center, Veronica Gamble' Crew and Lincoln Elementary School.
Evidence has shown that PAL programs nationwide help reduce crime, promote positive character
development and create a bond of respect and understanding between kids and cops.
A mainstay in Erie in the 1950s, the historic institution was revived locally in 2016 by former Chief Randy
Bowers, Sheriff John Loomis and attorney Ron DiNicola. Last year, Chief Don Dacus replaced Chief
Bowers as Co-Chair and PAL partnered with the Erie School District to place officers and sheriff's deputies
in the Gearing Up program at Pfeiffer-Burleigh School. PAL looks to expand geographically in the City
through collaborations that help increase the number of mentors available to inner-city youth and expand
access to after school programming.
Interview/ B-Roll Opportunities:
Monday, July 23rd
10:00 a.m.-11 a.m. Basketball - Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St.
• Jim Brunelli, Gannon Women’s Basketball Head Coach
• Chris Viscuso, Gannon Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Gannon University Forensic Investigation Center (F.I.C.), 246 W. 6th St.
• Jerry Clark, Assistant Professor Criminal Justice dept. Gannon University
Tuesday, July 24th
1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Football – Gannon University McConnell Family Stadium, W.4th St
• Gannon University Football Coaching Staff
Wednesday, July 25th
1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Wrestling – Gannon University REC Center, 130 W.4th St
• Don Henry, Gannon University Wrestling Coach
Friday, July 27th
12:15 p.m – HRS Awards Ceremony – Gannon University Friendship Green W. 7th St
• Tom Lennox, Erie Police Dept.
To coordinate media interviews, please contact Haley Figurski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-823-1886.
About Gannon University:
Gannon University is a Catholic, diocesan university with campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Ruskin,
Florida, offering online and traditional associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs to more than
4,000 academically talented and diverse students.
Gannon University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Inspired by the Catholic
Intellectual Tradition, the University offers a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that
emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility.