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Police Athletic League (PAL)

The National Police Athletic League began back in 1910 when Captain John Sweeney of the New York Police Department had the insight to offer inner-city youth some positive experiences, which involved interaction with law enforcement officers. He began knowing that the program would influence the youth of his community. Law enforcement involvement and supervision at recreation sites such as ball fields, classrooms, and playgrounds helped to position these officers as friends.

Today, PAL serves more than 1.5 million youth nationwide between the ages of 4 and 18. The organization has over 300 law enforcement agencies serving over 700 cities and 1,700 facilities throughout the United States, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The Lakeland Police Athletic / Activities League Inc. (PAL) became incorporated in the State of Florida on October 14, 1993. Lakeland PAL began with only a few children participating in the program; Today, Lakeland PAL staff and volunteers mentor to more than 900 local children annually and supervise dozens of local volunteers.

Filling Playgrounds Not Prisons

The purpose of the Lakeland Police Athletic League is to foster and encourage a spirit of loyalty and faith in community youth for American traditions and institutions.

PAL seeks to promote and safeguard the interests and general welfare of the youth of the community. PAL strives to instill good health habits, sportsmanship, and good morals. PAL also helps to fulfill the need for recreational, educational and social activities that are designed to rehabilitate youthful first-time offenders and prevent their return into the criminal justice system.

Lakeland PAL is located at Simpson Park - 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The club is for boys and girls ages 4 to 17. Fees are charged per activity.

Our Mission

The Lakeland Police Athletic / Activities League, Inc. was formed to prevent juvenile crime and violence utilizing recreation-oriented juvenile crime prevention programs that relies heavily upon athletics, recreational activities, and education to help kids go right and stay right. Through our crime prevention programs, our mission and commitment is to "fill playgrounds, not prisons."

Meet the Staff

Lakeland PAL Director Tim Abram

Tim was born and raised in Lakeland, FL and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Lakeland Police Athletic League (PAL). Annually, PAL serves over 900 children in the Lakeland community. Tim has worked with troubled youth for over 21 years and has served as mentor to thousands of children for the Department of Juvenile Justice Systems. Tim graduated from Lake Gibson High in 1991, and later attended Grambling State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation/ Leisure Studies. While attending Grambling State University, Tim is very proud to have had the pleasure of playing football for the late legendary coach Eddie Robinson. Tim has since gone on to earn an MBA from Everest University in 2005, and he recently completed the Certified Public Manager certificate from Florida State University. Tim is married to Tomeka Abram and they have 3 boys; Corinthian 18, Timadre 17, Tylan 12 and 2 girls; Tinika 22 and Tia 4.

Lakeland PAL Program Coordinator Dee Crumbley

Dee A. Laidler Crumbley is a graduate of Florida Southern College (2004) where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. Dee is also a Florida certified Nursing Assistant and DCF certified Child Behavior Analyst.  She has over 15 years of experience with youth, which includes serving as the Child Development Coordinator for Youth & Family Alternatives, Inc., Early Childhood Specialist and Pre-K Model Classroom Teacher with United Way of Central Florida, and the Youth (child & young adult) Projects Coordinator and TV/Media Director of over 20 teen staff for her church. Dee resides in Lakeland with her husband, Darrian and three boys; Darrian Jr., Dorian & Daylen. Dee is currently a Program Coordinator for Lakeland PAL.

Lakeland PAL Program Coordinator Officer Shawn Waller

Officer Shawn Waller was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He relocated to Lakeland, FL in 2006. Officer Shawn joined the Lakeland Police Department October 1, 2007 and is currently enrolled at Valencia College majoring in Criminal Justice. While in Detroit, Officer Shawn received his World Instructors Training certification with a concentration in athletic strength and conditioning training. He has over 12 years of strength and conditioning/physical fitness training and coaching experience with youth. Officer Shawn also worked as an assistant football coach for Pop Warner for three years, and coached football at the high school level for Henry Ford High School (head JV, defensive line Varsity) in Detroit, MI. Officer Shawn grew up attending United Way Mentoring Programs, and played football and basketball for Detroit PAL. Officer Shawn also assisted with mentoring over 20 at risk teens involved in physical/alcohol abuse for the NAACP (Southfield, MI). He worked in the Uniform Patrol Division for six years and is currently a Program Coordinator for the Lakeland Police Athletic League (PAL). Officer Waller resides in Lakeland with his wife and two daughters.