Meet Detroit PAL’s 2014-15 Youth of the Year

September 22, 2014

Detroit PAL is proud to announce Roy Ridgle as our Youth of the Year for the 2014-15 school year.

Roy has been a Detroit PAL athlete for 6 years. In those six years he has participated in our baseball, basketball, and football programs.

In addition to being an outstanding athlete, Roy is also a great student. Roy understands school comes first and is a dedicated student with a 3.0 GPA at Cass Technical High School.

“I have learned that Detroit PAL doesn’t just stand for sports,” said Roy. “They stand for education, character, leadership, and service as well. Being a part of PAL’s basketball team gave me the opportunity to become a volunteer coach and mentor to younger kids. I have volunteered my time cleaning and prepping baseball diamonds for t-ball and coach pitch. I have also worked with other volunteers helping to improve the club where my team practices. I enjoy doing things like setting up tables for the food pantry and working with my team mates to help host holiday events for the younger kids. I attribute this desire to give back to my experience with PAL because it is there that I learned the power of team work. When we work together as a team you can make a different on and off the court.”

Following Detroit PAL tradition, Roy was first introduced to the public as our Youth of the Year at the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic on August 11. During the dinner reception, Roy gave his first speech as our Youth of the Year, speaking to a crowd of more than one hundred sponsors and donors.

Roy Ridgle A-Team Chargers

Roy Ridgle A-Team Chargers

As the Youth of the Year Roy will represent the 11,000+ boys and girls in our programs and have the opportunity to attend many important events with Detroit PAL.
The Youth of the Year program was created to showcase one of our outstanding youth who is 13 years or older and has participated in Detroit PAL programs for three or more years. All applicants were required to submit letters of recommendations as well as write a short essay detailing their time with Detroit PAL and what lessons it has taught them. Congratulations Roy Ridgle!