Junior Giants Participate in Anti-Bullying Message

Release Date/Time: 8/1/2013 9:16 PM

Incident: Junior Giants to participate in Anti-Bullying presentation

Date: Thursday, 8/1/2013

Time: 9:16 PM

Location: 940 North Main Street (Sherwood Hall) - Not Open To Public

Release Authorized by: Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone: 831-970-7874



(Salinas, CA – August 1) The Salinas Police Activities League announced that they will be hosting an anti-bullying speaker for the children of their Junior Giants program.  For 20 years, the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants have sponsored the Junior Giants Baseball program.  Every year, as part of the program, children are rewarded for reading, embracing the 4 Bases of Character Development, and pledging to uphold the anti-violence message of the year.  This year, the anti-violence message is 'Strike out Bullying”. This will not be open to the public.


At the beginning of the season, each child was asked to sign a pledge to 'Strike Out Bullying”.  The children have also been wearing wrist bands stating the same.  Friday August 2nd at 7pm, Salinas PAL will welcome Heroic Imagination to Salinas' Sherwood Hall to speak to the Junior Giants kids and deliver their message and teachings on how to best deal with Bullying. 


Nearly 500 children are signed up to play this year and are to be in attendance at Sherwood Hall.  'We are extremely thankful of the support we have received from the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.  This is definitely a message that everyone should hear but unfortunately we just don't have the space to invite the entire community.  I am glad that the children in our program are being given this great opportunity and will benefit greatly from hearing this speaker”, said Salinas Police Officer and Executive Director of PAL Angel Gonzalez. 


'Strike Out Bullying”- Sherwood Hall

940 North Main Street

Friday August 2, 2013, 7:00pm



For information or to donate, call (831) 970-7874 or visit www.SalinasPAL.org.”


About the program: This program is sponsored by the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants through the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and is a free program.  Salinas PAL is an original member of the San Francisco Junior Giants. 


The program has served over 200,000 children throughout Northern California.  Locally it has increased participation every year of its existence.  This year the participation has increased by over 120 boys and girls ages 5-13.  It is through the participation of community members and volunteers that Salinas PAL is able to serve the hundreds of children in this program.  Coaches, team parents, and other volunteers are made up of police officers and community members who see the importance of surrounding children with positive role models and mentors. 


About PAL: The Salinas Police Activities League is a non-profit organization that prides itself on providing FREE programs, events and activities for the youth of Salinas. PAL's primary focus is on social, cultural, recreational, educational, and sports programs, events and activities that will grow with your child. PAL strives to mentor and teach strong character skills such as teamwork, honesty and integrity. Most of the activities expose the Salinas youth to positive experiences that many have never encountered before. Many programs are coached and chaperoned by committed police officers. Officers who believe in the philosophy that to build a better future for Salinas, you have to start with the youth.