MEDIA RELEASE Media Contact: Officer Angel Gonzalez
Phone: (831) 970-7874
Mayor VS Chief of Police Pitching Showdown for PAL
(Salinas, CA – June 27) The Salinas Police Activities League announced that they will be holding their opening day celebration for the 20th season of Junior Giants Baseball on Saturday June 29th.
Supporting the PAL organization, Mayor Joe Gunter and Police Chief Kelly McMillin will participate in the inaugural first pitch faceoff slated for 8:30 am. (Media photo-op available) Come see who throws the best pitch as they simultaneously throw out the honorary first pitch. Also joining in the celebration this year will be San Jose Giants mascot 'El Gigante."
Nearly 500 children are signed up to play this year and are to be in attendance of the opening day celebration that is to take place at El Dorado Park. 'We are extremely thankful for the major donation made by Mann Packing of Salinas. For the second year in a row, they have provided every child in our program with new baseball gloves”, said Salinas Police Officer and Executive Director of PAL Angel Gonzalez.
'Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day” - El Dorado Park
1655 El Dorado Drive
Saturday June 29, 2013, 8:30am
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.