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Sep, 2019

Fort Worth PAL Opens New Boxing Facility

On August 3, 2019, Fort Worth PAL officially opened its Northside Boxing Facility, open to all local youth. Local officials including Mayor Betsy Price and Chief of Police Ed Kraus were in attendance and shared their thoughts on how the gym will positively impact the greater community.

With the help of City on a Hill Church of Fort Worth, the former Fort Worth Police and Fire Training Academy has been transformed to house the Boxing Gym and police department offices. With over 400 youth, and steadily climbing, the Fort Worth Police Department is preparing to expand its programming by adding a frisbee golf program. Fort Worth PAL is also preparing to open a second facility in their East Division.

FWPAL serves as more than a recreational outlet. For some, the PAL is a safe haven for personal growth.  eleveen-year-old Marcino says he has learned how to better communicate with other youth and view officers as friendly allies. Fellow boxing partner, 14-year-old Angel has acquired more confidence in and out of the ring in his four years of joining FW PAL. 

When diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last October, Fort Worth PAL President Officer Allen Speed leaned on his faith and love for the FW PAL youth to defy his survival odds. “The work we have to do with our youth is not done” Officer Speed states. After seven months of chemotherapy and treatment, Officer Speed is in remission and back to mentoring Fort Worth youth.


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