The Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL) was formed in 1992 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides a safe haven for Manchester youth during after-school/early-evening, and summer hours. MPAL strives to build positive relationships between at-risk youth and police officers by providing entirely free programming geared towards teaching responsibility, accountability, discipline, and respect. The mission of MPAL is to get kids off the streets and build good citizens both inside and outside the building. MPAL engages kids in the areas of cooking, etiquette, boxing, wrestling, judo, Aikido, STEM/robotics, life skills, hospitality, nutrition, homework help, special events, and the Ambassadors Program.
Officer Brian O'Keefe served as the first PAL Coordinator for six years, until his promotion in 2009. Officer Richard Ell took over the position and served as the coordinator for five years.
Manchester Police Officer John Levasseur is the current, full-time PAL Coordinator. His responsibilities include coordinating all programs, coaching, and maintaining the PAL building. Officer Levasseur has been highly acclaimed for his ability to work with youth and his expert coaching abilities. He has significant experience in boxing and mixed martial arts.
Manchester Police Athletic League