Make Your Impact with Harrisburg Police Athletic League

About Us

Our Mission

The Harrisburg 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 through our Children.”

Our New Logo

HPAL'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.



Impacting the Lives of Youth Since 1957

HPAL Overview

The Harrisburg Police Athletic/Activities League (HPAL) provides several programs and activities throughout the year. Mentoring through Sports and HPAL Self-Esteem Mentoring Classes are the main initiatives from which all our programs/activities stem

 HPAL Self-Esteem Mentoring Classes focuses on character development by use of classroom mentoring, field trips, community service, and activities. 



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 program curriculum is based on 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. The instruction is centered on education, character development, positive values, diversity and responsible behavior.


The program’s success is based on the people involved. PAL has been blessed with talented children and active, involved, and supportive parents. We’ve been fortunate to attract the right coaches, mentors, and volunteers who adhere to the PAL philosophy. “Use sport to attract youth interest, focus on improving attitude, character, and behavior” “Having fun and winning games is a by-product of developing quality human beings”. It’s hard to be successful without good people. Sports programs run weekly according to the season (summer, fall, winter, and spring)  


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

 Participant Sign-in Form  –  This is required when signing up for one of our programs, activity, or special event. Please note this form is for registered members of PAL to log your individual program attendance. If you have difficulty with this sign in form, please give us a call at 717-233-3104 and someone will be able to assist you.


HPAL/Harrisburg Cougar Wrestling Club Collaboration  


Learn a Trade Mentoring Initiative

Coordinated by Patricia Robinson, this initiative is in collaboration with Evolve Training and Youth Development Trades Program with Career Link.


Here, youth learn graphics, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and life lessons on self-esteem, financial literacy, communication, entrepreneurship and good work ethics.


Special Events

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


HPAL Self-Esteem Mentoring Classes

Self-esteem is important for everyone because it helps you keep a positive outlook on life and makes you feel proud of the person you are, both inside and out. Most teens with self-esteem find life much more enjoyable. They tend to have better relationships with peers and adults, find it easier to deal with mistakes or disappointments, and are more likely to stick with a task until they succeed.


Self-esteem gives you the:

•Courage to try new things

•Power to believe in yourself

•Confidence to make healthy choices for your mind and body now and throughout your life


HPAL /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 Workshop HPAL Mentoring Initiative 

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



Striving to Make a Difference

We at HPAL 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.



        We are in desperate need of transportation for our kids. We are looking to establish a fund for us              to purchase a van this year. If you wish to contribute to our transportation fund please make note

        of this when you make your donation. We will share more information on this process and what

         your level of donation will bring in recognizing you as a part of making our van a reality.

        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 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 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 PAL while you shop.

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

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

  • RiteAid Kids Cents Program

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



IRS Document:     HPAL 501c3.pdf



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.


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.

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Contact Us

P.O. BOX 5102
Harrisburg, PA 17110