Our mission In partnership with the Detroit Police Department and community volunteers, Detroit PAL is helping youth find their greatness through athletic, academic, and leadership development programs.
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Corporate Volunteering

If you’d like to organize a corporate volunteering day with Detroit PAL, please contact Jazmyn Dixon at [email protected].
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Corporate Teams
  • Event support
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends


The Detroit PAL coaches are vital to the success of our players and programs. If you’re interested in making an impact on the lives of the youth of Detroit, we hope you’ll consider becoming a coach with Detroit PAL.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Game Assistance

We’re always looking for scorekeepers, volunteers who want to help out with landscaping and field preparation, assistant coaches and team managers.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Event support, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Detroit PAL always appreciates monetary donations and equipment donations. New facilities for our youth programming are also needed.
About us In 1969, Detroit’s Police Athletic League was founded. Led by many of the biggest names in Detroit sports, it gave children an opportunity to learn through athletics and develop the confidence and motivation to go far in life. In 1996, two young lawyers, Mike Tenbusch and Dan Varner, founded Think Detroit. Designed as an alternative to Detroit’s existing youth sports leagues, Think Detroit quickly drew children to its leagues. Realizing that together they could best serve Detroit’s youth population, the two leagues merged in 2006 to create Detroit PAL. With year-round programs that star more than 14,000 young athletes and thousands of coaches, Detroit PAL helps its athletes learn the skills needed to succeed both on and off the playing field. As our organization heads into the future, we haven’t forgotten why our leagues were founded in the first place. We look forward to giving the youth of Detroit a positive outlet for many years to come.
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