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Posted on: August 24, 2018


PAL Partnership Features Backpack Giveaway and Fun for the Entire Family


Prince George’s County Council Member Deni Taveras (D) – District 2, in partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Athletic League (PAL), the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, and local organizations, will host the inaugural Northern Gateway Summer Soccer Clinic (NGSSC) on Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Lane Manor, Field 2, 7601 West Park Drive, in Adelphi, Maryland. Neighbors of the Northern Gateway of Prince George's County are invited to join forces for the first-ever joint back to school celebration with the Rollingcrest-Chillum and Langley Park community centers.

“Summer is coming to an end and we want to support our children as they head back to school,” said Council Member Deni Taveras. “This summer soccer clinic and back to school celebration is a wonderful opportunity for Northern Gateway residents, families, and children to come together, have fun, and prepare for the upcoming school year. We look forward to having a great day!”

The goals of NGSSC are to build community unity, remove barriers to local youth joining organized sports, build self-esteem, improve public safety, and connect children and families to resources. The day’s event will feature a summer soccer clinic, free school supplies, arts and crafts, county resources, local food vendors, and fun for the entire family. Participants will also have an opportunity to register children for a free soccer league this fall.

“The Prince George’s County Police Athletic League is excited to be working with Council Member Deni Taveras and local community partners to offer the Northern Gateway Soccer League. The Police Athletic League is about breaking down barriers between our youth and law enforcement through positive interactions such as the Northern Gateway Summer Soccer Clinic,” said Corporal Kurt Schnitzenbaumer, PAL Executive Director.

In 2017, Prince George's County Council Member Deni Taveras spearheaded a working group to improve the neighborhood conditions and community cohesion of the underserved communities of the Northern Gateway. The Northern Gateway has the lowest educational attainment rates of the region and nation, where less than 10 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher (8.6%) and less than half of the population has completed at least a high school degree (38.7%) in some areas. The working group has collaborated over the past year to clean-up communities, enhance public safety, and prepare communities in transition for major opportunities and challenges, such as the pending Purple Line and new school construction. Just outside of Washington DC in the northwestern section of Prince George's County, the Northern Gateway includes the diverse neighborhoods of Adelphi, Avonridge, Carole Highlands, Chillum, Green Meadows, Hampshire Knolls, Langley Park, and Lewisdale.

For more information, contact Alison Flores in the Office of Council Member Taveras at (301) 952-4436 or email


Northern Gateway Summer Soccer Clinic and Back to School Celebration



Prince George’s County Council Member Deni Taveras

Prince George’s County Police Athletic League

Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation

Northern Gateway Residents and Local Organizations


Saturday, August 25, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Lane Manor, Field 2

7601 West Park Drive

Adelphi, Maryland 20783


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