Make Your Impact with Harrisburg Area Police Athletic League

About Us

Our Mission

The Harrisburg Area Police Athletic /Activities League’s Mission is to be an alternative crime prevention organization that uses educational, athletic and recreational activities to bring the community, police officers and youth together.


Our Vision

To build trust and enhance relationships between law enforcement, youth, and residents in the neighborhoods they share. Prevent crime and improve community safety.


“A Better Harrisburg Area through our Children.”

Our New Logo

HAPAL's logo is a tribute to first responders (red), our military service members (green) and blue for our law enforcement officers. Bringing the community, police officers and youth together.

Harrisburg Police Athletic League


Impacting the Lives of Youth Since 1957

HAPAL Overview

The Harrisburg Area Police Athletic/Activities League (HAPAL) provides youth initiatives and activities throughout the year. Mentoring through Sports and Life Learners are the main initiatives from which all our programs/activities stem



Mentoring Through Sports

Mentoring through Sports (MTS) uses sports to capture the imagination of young people through participation in the sport(s) of their choice. The MTS program curriculum is modeled after the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation - Badges for Baseball. MTS takes advantage of the sports environment to teach positive character and value traits that will assist youth in becoming positive and productive citizens. Having fun and winning games is a by-product of developing quality human beings”. It is hard to be successful without good people. HAPAL instruction centers on positive mentoring, education, character development, positive values, diversity, and responsible behavior.  We currently offer the following the sports: baseball, basketball, boxing and wrestling.


Sports programs run weekly according to the season (summer, fall, winter, and spring)  


HAPAL/Harrisburg Cougar Wrestling Club Collaboration  

Building character, discipline, and perseverance.


HAPAL/Dr. Nathaniel Gadsden ( Writers Workshop) Collaborative  

We can do more by working together.


HAPAL Boxing Initiative  

HAPAL/Harrisburg University Collaboration  


Special Events

• Fishing
• Bowling
• Roller Skating
• Shop with a Cop


Life Learners Initiative

The Life Learners Initiative is at the core of all programs/activities offered by HAPAL, along with our goal of bridging the gaps between our mentees and law enforcement in hopes of reducing crime and recidivism in our communities. 


Life Learners emphasizes the importance of continuous learning. Mentees are encouraged to be aware and knowledgeable and take advantage of every opportunity for personal growth.  Learn through daily interactions with others and daily activities.


HAPAL provides a wide variety of programs/activities that initiate and nourish active learning. HAPAL instruction focuses on positive mentoring through modeling, education, character development, diversity, and responsible behavior.


HAPAL success is a reflection of the people involved. We are fortunate to have talented children and active, involved, and loyal, supportive parents and mentors. Having the right, mentors, and volunteers who adhere to the HPAL goals, vision, and philosophy is critical to reaching our organizational goals and vision.


HAPAL /TRU – Tobacco Resistance Unit

This program has one of the largest representations and group members in the Harrisburg Area.  It is directed and facilitated by Mr. Eric Rophermel, of the YMCA, who continues to do great work with these young people.  This group takes part in legislative conversation regarding increasing the age to purchase tobacco products from 18-21.  This group promotes tobacco resistance education as vendors at different events, with the last one being the annual Farm Show.


Writer's Wordshop HAPAL Mentoring Initiative 

Dr./Rev Gadsden is a certified Family Development Training and Credentialing Program Portfolio Advisor. He is the co-facilitator of the Writer's Wordshop HPAL Mentoring Initiative of 2019. 

(Registration for HAPAL programs can, by visiting or contacting our HAPAL office, or go here “Contact Us” and send us an email today to get more information.

Participant Sign-up Form  – is required to participate in HAPAL programs, activities, or special events. If you have difficulty with this sign up form, please give us a call at



***Please download form above and turn in to Harrisburg Area Police Athletic League Headquarters.



Striving to Make a Difference 


We at HAPAL appreciate any and all donations.  We also believe in the maximum amount of funds received to go directly to our programming.  We will maintain all transparency when it comes to all donations and to the distribution of the funds.


         MAKE DONATIONS                                    

        The easiest way to Donate to our organization is by clicking the Donate button above and send                us a donation through PayPal to Harrisburg Area PAL’s donation account.

        We also have several other ways you can help support our organization.

        See the link below which lists the 6 ways you can help and setup to “Donate Now”

        Every dollar and cent of your support is greatly appreciated.  Please let us know if

        you experience any issues setting up ways to help us!



       Harrisburg Area Police Athletic League is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Our Tax ID Number 

       (IRS – EIN)  is 45-3165037. You can download a tax donation form from our Resources Files below:

       Link to HPAL 501(c)3.PDF below shows status with IRS as a valid charity organization in

       good standing.


  • Set-Up Contributions through Employer

    • During the next United Way drive, make sure to write-in Harrisburg PAL as your selected beneficiary, visit United Way of the Capital Region and see your employer’s HR department for more information on setting contributions up.

  • AmazonSmile – Donate to Harrisburg Area PAL while you shop.

    •  Donate While You Shop   The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Harrisburg Area PAL.

  • Send a Check – Make checks payable to HAPAL, and send to PO Box 5102, Harrisburg, PA 17110

  • RiteAid Kids Cents Program

    • Signup wellness + Plenti card to support Harrisburg Area PAL, purchase at RiteAid will roundup up to the nearest dollar every time you shop



IRS Document:     HAPAL 501c3.pdf


Small Title

Events Calendar



The Harrisburg Area Police Athletic League serves children ages 6-18, and does not discriminate for any reason.


All PAL programming is free, or low cost. 


Please fill out the online form to begin the enrollment process, or email Enroll Here.
If you do not have an email address, please call (717) 233-3104.

Harrisburg Police Athletic League
Harrisburg Police Athletic League


PAL keeps kids safe by providing for them a place to go where they can participate in supervised athletic, academic, and cultural activities. In order to keep all of the activities running smoothly, PAL relies on the help of volunteers to coach, mentor, and tutor the youth we serve.


Volunteering at PAL is important and rewarding work. It requires dedication to PAL’s mission, commitment to volunteer responsibilities, and understanding of the importance of safety and fun in every PAL activity.


There are many ways to get involved.

Please fill out our Volunteer Application, or call our office at 717.233.3104 for more details.

*All volunteers must provide clearances as required by PA Act 15. For more information on that, please see PA Clearances.

In the Press!

Basketball Coach Letter.jpg

Contact Us

P.O. BOX 5102
Harrisburg, PA 17110



  • facebook

Thanks for submitting!