Khalil McAdoo, an 8th grader at Bates Academy, has been involved in Detroit PAL programs since the age of three, starting with our Tiny Tigers program. He has grown up within our programs and learned many important life lessons along the way.
“PAL has greatly helped him develop his social skills,” said Tyrone McAdoo, Khalil’s father and coach , “He has learned how to be a team player and how to be responsible for his actions, as well as about camaraderie, dedication, and sacrifice when playing on a team.”
Khalil, who began playing in PAL’s T-ball program at the age of three, has also played football for the Westside Steelers and basketball for various teams during his time with PAL. He is hoping to take the lessons he has learned at PAL on with him to high school next year.
“On the field, my coaches have taught me the importance of practice and doing my best,” said Khalil, “Off the field, my coaches have taught me how to carry myself as a baseball player and that school comes first.” Khalil knows that if he doesn’t keep his grades up, he will not be allowed to play. For the Bates Academy 8th grader, that is a huge motivation to do well in school. He hopes to continue going to school to be a sports analyst one day.
“Detroit PAL is a very important asset to the community,” said his father, “It helps keep kids off the streets and helps them develop life skills such as responsibility, teamwork, and dedication.” For Khalil, teamwork is a huge factor in winning games. He noted that his team does their best when everyone works together and encourages each other. “When we are down in a game, we motivate each other to make a comeback,” he stated, “We cheer each other on and believe we can win.”
Khalil has had a great foundation to learn all of the skills necessary to become a great student-athlete as he continues on to high school next year.