MPAL provides free athletic and enrichment programs for youth living in Greater Manchester, while connecting them with police officers who serve as positive role models.
Connecting Cops & Kids
The Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL) is an after school organization that connects cops and kids. MPAL is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is run by a Manchester Police Officer assigned full time to the organization. MPAL offers athletic and enrichment programs including aikido, arm wrestling, boxing, cooking, cross-training, homework help, jiu-jitsu, judo, life skills, and wrestling. The goal of the organization is to provide youth with a safe, positive environment where police officers serve as coaches and mentors. MPAL also relies on a group of dedicated volunteers to provide expert coaching and development opportunities for participants. All programs are 100% free of charge, making them accessible to all youth who want to participate. Learn more about our programs and check out our schedule. See how you can support our mission and the youth we serve here.
MPAL Mission Statement
The Manchester Police Athletic League strives to foster and maintain positive relationships between the youth of the Greater Manchester area and members of the Manchester Police Department. MPAL offers area youth a safe structured environment to help kids grow, make the right choices and become productive members of the community. By providing mentoring along with sports, educational, and enrichment instruction in the after school/early evening hours, we believe we are making champions both in and out of the gym.
- Connecting Cops & Kids: MPAL is dedicated to connecting police officers with community youth to foster positive relationships and community contectedness.
- Building Champions: MPAL strives to provide positive role models, expert coaching and a safe environment to build champions “in and out of the gym.”
- Bringing the Community Together: MPAL works in conjunction with local businesses, nonprofits, and academic institutions to broaden our reach and strengthen our network of support.
- Developing Youth: MPAL helps participants become contributing members of the community by teaching the values of respect, responsibility, accountability, and the importance of giving back.
The home of MPAL is the Michael Briggs Community Center located at 409 Beech St, Manchester, NH. MPAL and the Michael Briggs Community Center were chosen as the 2016 site for Building on Hope, a community organization that collaborates with builders, architects, and designers to provide improvements to the facilities of non-profits.