- In partnership with the Detroit Police Department, Detroit PAL serves over 12,000 Detroit boys and girls with year-round organized team sports programming. All teams are mentored and coached by over 1,500 volunteers. Each of our volunteers is specially trained through the Detroit PAL IMPACT Training & Certification Program, developed in partnership with Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports. At the core of this organization and the training program is a commitment to building character through athletic, academic and leadership activities.
- Detroit PAL, and all of its programs, are funded through donations made each year by metro Detroit businesses, individuals, Detroit PAL alumni and major sports teams, such as the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Tigers. In addition, local charitable grants are also awarded on an annual basis. During 2011–2012, Detroit PAL’s Board of Directors authorized the search for a new Detroit PAL headquarters so that the organization could continue to support growing demand in the community.
- Michigan Senator Carl Levin played a key role in championing the redevelopment of the historic site of old Tiger Stadium at Michigan Ave. and Trumbull Ave. Through his efforts, the site is designated to receive $3M in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That money became the first financial basis for what has become Detroit PAL’s “Kids at The Corner” Capacity Campaign.
- After initial efforts by PAL’s former CEO, Dan Varner, the idea of using the HUD earmark at the site of the old Tiger Stadium, held in trust by the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy (OTSC), for a new home and sports complex for Detroit PAL was first resurrected in 2012 by Detroit advertising executive Mark Petrosky and legislative lobbyist Jim Curran, both longtime supporters of Detroit PAL.
- Based on the support of Senator Carl Levin and other city leaders, conceptual drawings and development plans were developed by both the OTSC and the Detroit PAL Board of Directors in 2013, and in 2014, the two entities collectively signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, to frame the beginning of a full proposal for redevelopment. The signed MOA was submitted in the fall of 2014.
- The “Kids at The Corner” proposal included in the MOA provides for building a new headquarters and sports complex for Detroit PAL. The capital cost of the redevelopment is $11 million, and the long-term sustainability project will cost approximately $4.43M for a campaign goal total of $15.43M. A feasibility study conducted by the strategic fundraising firm Richner & Richner out of Ann Arbor concluded that the project had a high likelihood of success based on the historic nature of the site, the fervent interest in its redevelopment, and PAL’s reputation as a kids-first leader in Detroit.
- With the approval of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy and the Detroit PAL Board of Directors, a plan for the redevelopment of the site of the historic old Tiger Stadium at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, including a new home and sports complex for Detroit PAL, was formally approved by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation in December of 2014.
- The campaign leadership consists of two committees: the Campaign Leadership Committee; led by co-chairs Gerry Boylan, Partner, LPC FUND; and Scott Seabolt, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; and the Honorary Hall of Fame Committee, led by co-chairs Senator Carl Levin and Detroit Police Chief James Craig. The “Kids at The Corner” fundraising campaign is set to officially kick off on February 26, 2015.