The Joys of Junior Giants: SF PAL July News

 

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July 2013                                             
 

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The joys of coaching Junior Giants baseball

Coaching Junior Giants is a "gift," says an SFPD officer and father of three.

The Giants meant everything to Capt. Dan Perea as a kid -- so much so that he actually made his own “Willie Mac” jersey by cutting out two black “4”s and attaching them to an old orange T-shirt he owned. Now, as a father of three, Capt. Perea is able to pass along that love by coaching his youngest son’s Junior Giants T-ball team.

But coaching is so much more than passing on the love of the home team, Capt. Perea says. “You get so much more out of it than you give. I have an opportunity to give kids a little something positive and be a part of making them happy.”

When Capt. Perea was growing up as a boy in San Francisco, there wasn’t as much focus on community policing and building relationships with diverse communities as there is now. “Almost everyone else on my street got in trouble, and wanted nothing to do with the police,” he said, adding that activities that build trust and relationships between teens and police officers can really help address lack of hope and opportunity in some communities.

“Little kids see me and their eyes get huge,” he says. “Coaching is the autograph moment -- a positive interaction where everyone benefits. As police officers, we see a lot of trouble in the world, and [coaching] gives you a hand in creating a happy experience for a young child. I appreciate that opportunity -- it’s a gift.”

He gives high marks to the Junior Giants program, which seeks to teach kids healthy habits and pro-social skills like trying your best, resilience, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Coaches don’t need experience -- they just need to want to work with kids and help them learn. The most important thing, he says, is for a kid to have fun playing. “Kids don’t need you to be Bruce Bochy. At the end of the day it’s for them -- remember why you’re there! It’s for kids to have an opportunity to play.”

“When a kid strikes out, you can help them want to try again,” Capt. Perea added. “In baseball, if you hit three out of ten, you’re a superstar. I tell them: You know who hits the ball every time? No one.” 

SF PAL is so grateful to our volunteer coaches like Capt. Perea, Officer Nelson Ramos and Officer Felix Sung (Ret.). It’s been a very successful season, with enrollment increasing over 50 percent over last summer. All 650 kids participating this year received all gear and materials completely free of charge from the Junior Giants Community Foundation, and a lucky few received free tickets to Giants games! 

Unfortunately, 150 kids were turned away because we did not have enough volunteer coaches to accommodate everyone who wanted to play. Next summer, with help from our PAL volunteers and supporters, we hope to be able to let every child have a chance to play. As Capt. Perea's story illustrates, volunteering for SF PAL programs is fun and rewarding, and can make all the difference for San Francisco's children.



  CADETS                                  

Cadets graduate from Summer Academy

Four-week program is an intensive introduction to law enforcement

lo res cadets formation30 SF PAL Law Enforment Cadets have successfully completed the Summer Cadet Academy held at the SFPD training facility in Diamond Heights. 
Chief Suhr and the entire SFPD Command Staff were on hand to congratulate the graduates, who will now have the opportunity to intern in SFPD stations during the school year.

Over the four-week program, cadets learned first aid, physical conditioning and defensive skills and had an opportunity to learn from many SFPD units from the bomb squad to the K-9 corps as an intensive introduction to law enforcement careers. Cadets learned radio codes, how to care for their uniforms, how to inspect a vehicle for safety, and even how to properly handcuff a suspect. SF PAL is hugely grateful to Officer Edie Lewis, Lt. Daryl Fong and Capt. David Lazar, as well as many other officers and individuals who helped with the program.


SF PAL LEADERSHIP                    

Capt. Ann Mannix sees life lessons in sports

Capt Ann Mannix webCapt. Ann Mannix is passionate about improving relations between San Francisco’s police department and its diverse communities, and sees her service on the SFPAL Board as an essential way to achieve this. “The interaction between kids and police is essential to building relationships in communities as these kids learn and grow through sports participation,” Mannix explained, adding that she encourages officers under her command to coach kids’ teams and serve as mentors.

Capt. Mannix currently leads the Department’s Tactical Company and has a 27-year career with the SFPD. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Capt. Mannix grew up in the Jordan Park neighborhood and attended public schools in the Richmond District. She first learned about SFPAL playing on sports teams as a child, and later mentored a boy who played SFPAL Seahawks football.

“I value the ability to be involved and shape a young person’s life, to be a positive role model in their formative years,” Mannix said. “PAL provides an outlet for kids, the opportunity to compete in sport and learn the life skills that come along with team participation like the importance of practice, working together with others, timeliness and following rules.”

In her free time, Capt. Mannix  also volunteers with the National Charity League, serves as a volunteer CYO Basketball coach, and as a member of the Ignation Guild at St. Ignatius High School.

For more about the SF PAL Board and Staff, click here >>>>>


  SEAHAWKS                        

Seahawks are getting in shape! 

Conditioning 2. jpgSF PAL Seahawks Football players are hard at work conditioning for football season, which begins next month - just around the corner! 

Seahawks players have been able to use St. Ignatius College Prep High School's athletic facilities--track, weight room and other resources, including coaching--to train for the upcoming season.

SF PAL is hugely grateful to St. Ignatius and SF PAL Board Chair Rick Bruce for his help in arranging SF PAL’s access to these wonderful facilities to help our SF PAL Seahawks Football team start off their season in top shape. 



  ALERT                        

Reminder: we do not call! 

telephone-noDuring our annual mail campaign, donors often ask about our telephone solicitation practices.  Rest assured that San Francisco Police Activities League never solicits money by telephone.  Other organizations with similar sounding names claim to represent SFPAL.  San Francisco Police Activities League never receives a penny from these organizations that solicit by telephone.  Be aware!



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