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Police Athletic League Dedicates New Facility for At-Risk Kids to Susan and John Sykes

SYKES Executives and its Board of Directors were proud to take part in a special ceremony on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.  The Police Athletic League (PAL) of Tampa dedicated its new state of the art facility to John Sykes, SYKES’ founder and Chairman Emeritus, and his wife, Susan.  Susan and John Sykes contributed more than $1 million to help build the new gymnasium/civic center designed to promote the physical and mental development of at-risk children.  Sykes Enterprises Charitable Foundation also contributed $1 million to this
worthy cause.

The new building is 25,000 square feet, and is located at 1924 W Diana St.  It has a full size basketball court, bleachers, concessions stands, four large classrooms, three specialized classrooms, computer lab, weight and aerobic workout rooms and much more.  The center was also established to serve as a meeting center for law enforcement and evacuation center for their families during emergencies such as a hurricane.2013SJSykes_BuildDed-150x150

“It’s hard to express our appreciation for everyone who helped make this new building possible,” said Phil Ray, Executive Director of PAL of Tampa.  “I call it the miracle on Diana Street.”

“We’re just honored to be a part of something like this,” commented Chuck Sykes, SYKES President and Chief Executive Officer.  “The staff and volunteers at PAL are helping to shape the next generation by providing positive role models, educational resources and a safe place for a child to be a child.  That’s a good thing for this community and we’re honored to be able to support their efforts.”

To read more about PAL of Tampa, click here.

For more about the building dedication, click here.