The Marietta Police Department announced implementing a local Police Athletics League (PAL) program chapter in Marietta to build strong relationships between the Marietta Police Department and local youth. This trust will foster strong positive attitudes towards the department, community and good citizenship.
Marietta Police Sergeant Mike Goins is the founder and coordinator of the Marietta Police Department Chapter of PAL. Goins serves as a basketball coach for Marietta Middle School’s 7th grade team. While Goins commands the Marietta Police Department Crime Interdiction Unit, he has a personal passion for positive youth development and youth programs. Marietta will start its chapter with soccer.
The soccer program is developed by Soccer in the Streets, which provides training to police officers in mentoring and becoming soccer coaches. Soccer in the Streets will provide the Marietta Police Department with all needed soccer equipment and a place for the children to meet and play by turning old tennis courts into usable soccer fields.
Sign-ups for soccer were held on June 21 at Glenbrooke Apartments, 750 Franklin Road. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 living in the Franklin Road area may still sign up. The official first day of play was July 10 at Los Colinas Apartments, 861 Franklin Road. Meeting days will be on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Los Colinas and on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Glenbrooke.
The United Way and Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation donated $32,000 to the program. For more information or to make a donation, call Lieutenant Tanya Twaddell at 770-794-5373.