Coach Khaliah Perkins
What should an athlete do when they age out of Detroit PAL leagues? For Khaliah Perkins, the answer was simple: coach.
Khaliah started out at PAL in 2005 as a cheerleader for the Tigers. She aged out of the program at age 15 and decided to immediately turn her skills over to coaching. Now, at just 18 years old, she is at the highest level of impact training as a coach for the Motorcity Wolverines. “I came back because I love to see young people progress with peers,” said Khaliah, “Detroit PAL is honestly one of the best programs for kids all over Detroit. It keeps kids active and out of trouble, and also helps them gain social skills.”
Khaliah believes that commitment to the team is one of the most important aspects of coaching. She knows that the kids she is coaching will only commit to the sport if their coach does as well. She tries to make sure that she is positive and encouraging with her team at all times.
“Khaliah is a great example of the type of young leaders we build in Detroit PAL,” said Chris Clough, Associate Athletic Director at PAL, “She has shown a tremendous commitment to the PAL values of leadership and responsibility.”
Khaliah is currently a full time student at Wayne County Community College majoring in Production of Music and Business. She is able to successfully balance her school work and her responsibilities as a PAL coach.
Detroit PAL is proud of all of our coaches; especially the ones that come up through the program and decide to stay within the PAL family and give back to up and coming athletes.