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Think Detroit PAL maintaining facilities and making major renovations

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Thanks to Think Detroit PAL, many of Detroit’s youngsters have vital fields to play on. Instead of run-down fields with tall grass, overgrown weeds, broken glass and litter, kids have clean, healthy and safe playing facilities for baseball, softball and soccer during the spring and summer. Christopher Clough, assistant athletic director for ...

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Think Detroit PAL baseball and softball growing by leaps and bounds

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Inner-city baseball and softball are alive and well in the city of Detroit, thanks to the Think Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL has been involved with youth baseball since 1970, while Think Detroit has been involved with both baseball and softball since 1997. When the two groups merged in 2006, the baseball/softball program expand ...

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‘We run this town’

Detroiters meet on the riverfront for ‘a network out’ By Jazmine Steele Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Their view from the top is well-deserved. The sweat, strain and struggle it takes to make it up the hill rewards a bittersweet pride. Every week runners, walkers and joggers meet on Detroit’s riverfront for fitness, fun and networking. The event, Run This Town Detroit, is only two months old but ...

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Flint native becomes a first-time female boxing Olympian

Staff Report This August the world will see, for the first time ever, women’s boxing in the Summer Olympics and Michiganders will beam with pride at Flint native Claressa Shields, who will compete for the gold in the Middle Weight Division. There will be three women’s boxing events: fly weight, light weight and middle weight. The 17-year-old boxer qualified for the Olympic boxing event earlier this year whe ...

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Former Lion Triplett recalls not-so glory days

First Black player to be drafted in NFL remembers bitter but breakthrough times for Black athletes By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — It was 1949, and Jackie Robinson recently broke the “color line” in sports two years ago when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Although Major League Baseball opened some doors, the National Football League was very staunched and stubborn t ...

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Western International, Southwestern join forces

Once rivals, now teammates for PSL athletics By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — For almost a century, the rivalry between Western International and Southwestern High School has been one of the biggest in Detroit prep sports. There were many great matches between the two on the basketball court, at volleyball matches, on the baseball field and at track meets. In football, the ...

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FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

The Detroit ATA Lions and the Bates Academy Panthers (above) won this year’s Healthy Kidz Flag Football Championships, held June 6 at King High’s Lorenzo Wright Field. The Lions won the Prep School Division defeat University Prep Science and Mathematics Academy 29-12, while Bates Academy came from behind in the second half to defeat the Golightly Educational Packers 55-44. ...

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Area prep players shine in golf and tennis

Essence Biggs of Birmingham Seaholm, Carmella Goree of Grosse Pointe South among top prep golfers and tennis players in the state By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Since the success of pro golfers Calvin Peete and Tiger Woods, and tennis players Yanick Noah, Malwai Washington and Venus and Serena Williams, Black youths have taken to golf and tennis and have accelerated to n ...

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Golf outing major fundraiser for Think Detroit/PAL

Paul W. Smith Golf Tourney raises major funds for Detroit youth organization By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — There are many fundraisers the Think Detroit/Police Athletic league puts on every year to raise funds to pay for their sports programs, but there is one fundraiser that stands out above the rest. That fundraiser is the Paul W. Smith Golf Outing, which is held annua ...

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PROUD STRONG LEARNERS OF THE YEAR:

Caprice Dennis of Pershing (left) and Dennis Norfleet of Martin Luther King were named the Detroit PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Year at the second annual Proud Strong Learners of the Year Banquet held at the Marcus Garvey Academy Harambee Center June 6. Dennis excelled in basketball for the Doughgirls and Norfleet in football and basketball for the Crusaders. Dennis will play college basketball at the U ...

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