Kicking off its ninth year, Purdue University’s Purdue Athletes Life Success (PALS) summer program will welcome more than 500 area underserved youth for four weeks of life-success, sports and practical skills training. And keeping everyone connected, safe and informed is AT&T*, who is donating 50 mobile devices that run on the nation’s fastest 3G network to the program’s directors and staff members.
“AT&T is a vital partner to the PALS program, ensuring we’re able to continue to serve Indiana’s youth with important life lessons in a coordinated and secure environment, “ said Kim Lehnen, assistant program director of the Purdue Athletes Life Success program. “With the multiple variables of running a youth summer camp, AT&T’s phones help us ensure we can easily communicate at a moment’s notice, which leads to a more positive and safe experience for campers.”
“When we invest in our young people, we create a brighter future for them and our great state,” said Sen. Brandt Hershman. “I know that the youth will learn a great deal over the next four weeks and I applaud all of the staffers, community leaders and corporate partners for their commitment to this important program.”
The PALS program provides myriad opportunities for children to interact with positive role models, such as Purdue University athletes including former Purdue MVP and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Campers aren’t only exposed to sports, but also receive technology training and service learning opportunities from leaders at the university and in the local business community. This year's four-week day camp is June 17 to July 15.
“Thanks to PALS and community partners like AT&T, our son has had the opportunity to develop not only his skills and love of sports and technology, but also his self-esteem and ability to build positive relationships with peers and adults,” said Lisa Duncan, mother of a two-year PALS program participant.
“AT&T strengthens our communities in part by supporting underserved populations and promoting education programs that create opportunities today and the years to come,” said Brian Ducharme, vice president and general manager of mobility and consumer markets in Michigan and Indiana. “The heart of our business is enabling people to connect with one another, and our partnership with Purdue Athletes Life Success is connecting Indiana’s future with endless opportunities.”
Started in 2002 as the National Youth Sports Program, PALS welcomes participants from ages eight to 14 whose parents or guardians meet Department of Health and Human Services income guidelines. Now in its ninth year, the program received attracts more than 700 applications each year.