Coming together is the beginning. Staying together is progress. Working together is success.

One of the hardest parts of Tim Dowd's career as a Jersey City Police Officer was seeing Jersey City kids with no place to go and running into trouble with the law. So in 1976 he started an athletic program that encouraged local kids to come together in organized sports and events and away from the street corners. After an incredibly time consuming but wildly successful two years, Tim officially founded the Police Activity League of Jersey City Inc.

Since 1978, Jersey City youths from 5-19 years of age have found a home away from home and a safe haven to come together to play hard and meet new friends. With only modest financial support from donations from people and businesses that shared Tim's vision and dream and countless hours of volunteers, the PAL struggled to keep the lights on and offer kids a safe place to play and grow. In 1989, the PAL became a NJ 501(c)3 and has since remained a non profit in good standing. As a charity organization, the PAL is 100% funded by supporters like you who have generously contributed to the PAL's success with your financial support.

In 2012, the PAL adopted the alternate name "Jersey City Police Athletic League" which more closely represents the evolution of the PAL's mission and focus but the PAL maintains the same fundamental values that our community and city has grown to see the PAL as; an organization dedicated to its youths and helps our kids improve focus and develop life skills, reinforce high standards and values, and establish a path toward excellence.

Today, the PAL serves a youth community of over 30,000 kids with over a dozen activities such as: Jersey City Sports


- Rugby
- Soccer
- Boxing
- Golf
- Basketball
- Police Explorers
- Wrestling
- Cheerleading
- and more!




The Jersey City Police Athletic League has, does, and always will  envision an organization encompassing many activities, operating year round, and working hand-in-hand with the community and the City to prepare our children for the biggest game of all… LIFE!



Jersey City PAL