American Youth Football (AYF) and American Youth Cheer (AYC) were founded in 1996 as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides support services, scholarships, grants, giving back programs and tournaments to over 700,000 participants, 90,000 coaches, and 40,000 administrators in 52 states and several countries worldwide, enabling every child a place to play.
Since 1996, the AYF has grown its roots across Florida, giving rise to more teams as communities have joined our organization. Our teams are operated by trusted adults with yours of experience in both adult and youth sports organizations. Background checks are completed on everybody who volunteers with us to ensure the ultimate safety and comfort of every youngster and young adult participating.
The American Youth Football League & The Police Athletic League was conceived with a simple but powerful goal in mind: to help the youth by establishing a comprehensive sports league where young people may play sports, and by doing so, develop crucial skills in teamwork, competition, sportsmanship and friendship. We don’t just offer an opportunity for kids to perform consistent physical exercise, we give them platforms to learn teamwork and build relationships by participating in sports. In the PAL / AYF, children and young adults make friends for life, fostering important connections that benefit everyone involved. The lessons our participants learn are ones they keep with them throughout their lives. We aim to further sportsmanship and honor among children in a competitive atmosphere, making sure no child or young adult is left behind or made to feel out of place. Simply put, the PAL/AYF is a safe home for youngsters to learn, grow and develop their social and athletic skills.
The Police Athletic League is a youth activities center lead by Manatee County Sheriff Officers and a volunteer Board of Directors for the purpose of:
Some of the youth in our communities will grow up with no positive connection and/or respect for Law Enforcement Officers. The lack of positive contact breeds distrust, fear and could give the negative influences a chance to recruit our youth. PAL provides positive role models for our youth, drug free environment, a safe haven and an atmosphere for youth to play and learn. Both the AYF and PAL believe that youth are more likely to strive when reached at a younger age, using sports as the tool.
Just like the AYF, PAL is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides athletic and recreational programs as a tool, a way to involve children in the program. Manatee PAL’s Mission “To bring law enforcement, kids and families together in a positive, safe environment through sports and academics to build a strong community.”
PAL is funded by public contributions that go directly to the youth programs. Money raised at PAL goes to funding first rate youth programs and to purchase/maintain equipment used by PAL members. Donations enable community youth to participate in Law Enforcement supervised activities.
Just like the AYF, PAL is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides athletic and recreational programs as a tool, a way to involve children in the program. Manatee PAL's mission "To bring law enforcement, kids and families together in a positive, safe environment through sports and academics to build a strong community."
Manatee PAL/AYF Football & Cheerleading Conference
202 13th Ave E,
Bradenton FL 34208
(941) 747-1118 x217