Reporting Steve Tawa
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By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When it heats up like this outside, the Philadelphia Police Athletic League suspends outdoor activities and transfers them inside.
On a typical summer day, hundreds of children take part in PAL-sponsored baseball, tennis, and golf programs. But not today.
“We start to look at the heat index and the humidity, then we just make a decision,” says Lt. Bryan Anthony, the commanding officer of PAL. “We always stay on the good side of caution.”
Anthony says there are about 400 kids currently registered in baseball programs:
“Baseball now, at the end of the school year, runs every day. We do tennis three days a week, typically in the morning. Many of the children who participate in tennis also participate in baseball.”
PAL has about 200 kids each in its tennis and golf programs.
Alternative indoor activities include whiffleball tournaments and arts and crafts.
PAL runs 26 centers across Philadelphia, with programs that include sport, educational, and cultural opportunities.