Quarterly NewsletterJuly 2012    

           JaxPAL E-News
Welcome New PAL Executive Director
Lt. Matt Nemeth is the new Executive Director of the Police Athletic League. Lt. Nemeth, who formerly supervised the JSO's Burglary and Economic Crime Unit, was named to the position on June 29 by Sheriff John Rutherford. PAL's previous Executive Director, Lt. Derrick Mitchell, has elected to return to patrol.
Lt. Nemeth and his wife of 18 years, Annmarie, are members of the Evangel Temple Church, where he serves on the church board. He is also privileged to serve in in the Guardian Ad Litem program where he represents children's interests and provides them a voice during court hearings. He enjoys golf and participates in sprint triathlons in his free time. 
PAL Alumni Spotlight - Kevin Youngblood

While preparing for PAL's 40th Anniversary Celebration, we heard from an outstanding former PAL kid, Kevin Youngblood. A former NFL player and current Secret Service Agent, Kevin is an example of how PAL programs work.  Youngblood shared that "PAL had a great deal to do with where I am now. In order to go somewhere, you have to build a foundation first. I could have gone left or right, but I ended up going on the straight path. PAL was like a family to me; the officers treated us like we were their kids. They didn't want to see us getting in trouble or getting bad grades. When we came to PAL, they actually wanted us to succeed. The officers built a bond with us so we wouldn't be afraid of the police; instead we learned they were there to help us."


Kevin credits PAL with instilling quality goals in him, such as staying in school, graduating, going to college, getting a good job and keeping him from doing the wrong thing or hanging out with the wrong people. He had such a great time at PAL that he recalled the kids wishing the operating hours were longer. "We never wanted to leave," Youngblood said. 

Were you ever a PAL kid, coach, volunteer or donor? We want to hear your story! Contact events@jaxpal.com, call 854-6580, or click here

In This Issue
Alumni Spotlight
Event Highlights
Donor Spotlight
The Kid's Corner

Help Send our Track Team to Houston for Nationals! 


The PAL Roadrunners need your help to send 48 members of the PAL track team to the AAU Track and Field Nationals in Houston, Texas on July 29th. The team has raised $11, 880 dollars for this trip but $3,000 more is needed to cover their expenses.  You can help these talented student athletes by making a monetary or gas card donation.  Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support. Go PAL Roadrunners!


For more info contact: Tiffany Mackey, 904-854-6555 x 203 or Tiffany.Mackey@jaxsheriff.org 


Because Every Kid
Needs a PAL


Going to a Jaguars Game?
Help support PAL by purchasing your discounted ticket here: 
Give and Go  
Event Highlights
Sheriff John Rutherford and Lt. Derrick Mitchell with scholarship winners
PAL Founder, Norm Demers and Former
Executive Director, LB Scott, with early PAL staff
PAL Celebrates 40 Years of Service 
On May 17th, over 200 former PAL staff members, police officers, volunteer coaches, board members,  government officials, supporters and former PAL kids gathered at PAL's Julian Jackson Center on Monument Rd. to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Police Athletic League.
The celebration began earlier in the month with a City Council Resolution presented by Councilman Gaffney honoring PAL for our outstanding work on behalf of Jacksonville's youth. Alumni reminisced of fond memories and shared their success stories since leaving PAL. Highlights of the evening included the dedication of PAL's administrative offices in honor of Dick Cohee, a past PAL President and Chairman of the Board who passed away this year, and the dedication of the dining hall to the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police in appreciation for their continued financial support over the years. Funds raised from the event went toward the establishment of PAL's first college scholarship fund. The most memorable moment of the night was the presentation of $1,000 college scholarships to five deserving PAL kids: Bruce Bradley, Zacchari Gale, Austin Steele, Tatiana White, and Denisha Merriweather.  A special thanks to our 40th Anniversary Event Sponsors.
To see photos of the event go to click HERE.
First Annual FUNFEST: National PAL Mentoring Day

PAL celebrated National PAL Mentoring Day with a FUNFEST.  PAL mentors, mentees and their families joined together at PAL's W. 33rd St. location for a fun-filled day of games, pony rides, dancing, food, and prizes.  This event, made possible by a grant from National PAL, was more than a day of entertainment for mentors and mentees; it was also an opportunity to promote PAL's mentoring program. We made some new community partners like Sam's Club, the US Navy and the Jacksonville Destroyers. PAL currently has a need for more Mentors. If you can volunteer one hour a week to help a child, please contact: Larry Major.
Watch our YouTube video to see some of the highlights of the FUNFEST, or visit our website for more photos.
Donor Spotlight - Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police
FOP President Nelson Cuba and 1st Vice - Pres. Robbie Freitas present donation to Sheriff Rutherfod  and Lt. Derrick Mitchell

Special Thanks 

Thanks to the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, Lodge 5-30 for their $50,000 donation presented during PAL's 40th Anniversary Celebration.  For more than a decade, PAL has had the good fortune to be one of the charities to benefit from the proceeds raised by the annual Guns N' Hoses event. This donation continues to make it possible for PAL to offer successful programming to 3,000 kids annually in athletics, academics, and leadership development.   

The Kid's Corner


Girls Basketball Brings Home the Gold


Congratulations to the 14u, 12u, and 10u, Allstar girls teams.

They won gold medals at the State of Florida Pal Basketball  Championships in New Smryna Beach in April.






PAL Teens Selected to Attend National Leadership Academy

The Jacksonville Police Athletic League was one of 16 PAL chapters from

across the country selected to participate in the National PAL Leadership Academy held in Washington D.C., June 24-27.  The application process was highly competitive and two of our Youth Directors' Council teens, Earl Chaney and Jeffie Clark, were selected to attend based on their hard work in PAL's teen leadership program.  Officer Richard Hendley, the YDC Coordinator who accompanied them on this trip said this year's leadership academy focused on ways to practice habits of active, effective citizenship.  Jeffie and Earl said they learned a lot while keeping a rigorous schedule.


Upcoming Events   



REGISTER NOW: 14th Annual Sheriff's Cup Charity Golf Classic

Monday, September 10th, 11:30 am

San Jose Country Club
Play for Fun. Play to Win. Play to Make a Difference for our kids.
To Register Online, click HERE
For More Information Contact:
Robbie Freitas 


NOTICE: The Sheriff's Charity Tennis Classic has been cancelled

 due to a scheduling conflict.

Please make plans to join Sheriff Rutherford for golf and the post tournament awards dinner including a live auction, raffle and place prizes!  


4th Annual Sheriff's Roast 

Friday, November 16th

Jacksonville Hyatt Regency Hotel 

5:45 pm Cocktails and Silent Auction

7:00 pm Dinner and Roast

Sponsorships available   
Roastee: Dr. Steve Wallace 
For More Information Contact: Nicole Crilley (854-6555 x 215)
If you need any additional information regarding PAL, our programs, services or events, please contact Mathew.Nemeth@jaxsheriff.org or Renee.Naughton@jaxpal.com
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