Published: Jul 27, 2011 5:49 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2011 4:50 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Thursday, July 28, 2011 the Fort Myers Police Athletic League will travel to New Orleans for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics. Seven children will travel 12 hours in the FMPAL van to compete in the track and field events held on Saturday, July 30th.  

Shun Smith, 10, qualified for the 200, 400 and 800 meter run. Shykeem Jacques-Louis, 11, qualified for the high jump, 400 and 800 meter run. Evette Lawson, Avin Rice, Bobby Dennis and Micheal Johnson, all 9 years old, qualified for the 100 meter run and Gabiral Micheal, 11, qualified for the 200 and 400 meter run. The AAU Junior Olympics will allow the athletes to showcase their skills on a national level.

PAL is a not-for-profit organization serving 400 plus youth annually by providing athletic, educational and social programs to area children. The program supplies equipment, uniforms and transportation to participants at little or no cost.  All coaches and volunteers are from the Fort Myers Police Department and the local community. PAL strives to provide role models, develop discipline, and instill self-esteem and foster positive moral values.  PAL is supported primarily through donations.  For more information contact Officer Johnny Seay at 693-1146.