Raina Shanel Harmon got involved with Detroit PAL when she was young, and literally grew up in the program. She participated in PAL programs all year: as a cheerleader for the Northwest Cougars, as a basketball and softball player, and as a participant in the ski program.
Raina attended Central Michigan University on a full basketball scholarship and enjoyed a successful collegiate playing career. After that, she became an Assistant Athletic Director, then Athletic Director, for Detroit PAL. Raina also served as Commissioner for the cheerleading, basketball, golf and softball programs.
“Detroit PAL is very near to my heart,” Raina said. “Not only have I learned character qualities through playing sports, but I also met some of my best friends and mentors through this organization. PAL afforded me an opportunity to explore a world outside of Detroit at a young age.”
Following two years as the Director of Women’s Basketball at the University of Michigan, Raina became the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Central Michigan University.
“The success that I have had is a direct result of the way that I was raised, and a large portion of that was through the Detroit PAL organization,” Raina added.