Hang out after School with the Tehama County Police Activities League
● By Kendra Kaiserman
By Kendra Kaiserman
Photo courtesy of Tehama County PAL
As a kid, you were probably involved in some kind of extracurricular activity, whether it was sports, music or art—and it most likely had an impact on your life. The Tehama County Police Activities League (PAL) aims to do just that.
“We want to give kids a way to find guidance and perspective, and have that authority figure in our deputies and officers, who act as role models for people they can trust,” says Kathy Hausman, an administrative secretary at the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office and PAL’s treasurer. “We want to make sure that every kid in Tehama County has the ability to participate in after-school programs at no charge to them or their parents.”
Hausman, a former coach who was inducted into the Junior Giants Hall of Fame in 2010, has been involved with PAL since its inception. “Our first program was in 1995, which was our Junior Giants program held here in Red Bluff,” Hausman says. PAL became a nonprofit organization in April of the following year.
The idea of starting a Junior Giants program in Red Bluff came from Chief Jim Ainsworth, who had heard about another Junior Giants program and scoped it out. This move got the PAL program going in Tehama County. “We originally started as Red Bluff PAL, but because we expanded throughout the county, we became Tehama County PAL,” says Hausman. “It expanded to Corning, Los Molinos, Cottonwood and Rancho Tehama.”
PAL’s activities throughout the year include basketball, indoor soccer, street hockey, martial arts, wrestling, boxing, Junior Giants baseball and a new gun safety program. Its mentoring program is based out of the Tehama County Department of Education, which partners with PAL. An archery program is in the works. All of PAL’s programs are co-ed and are for kids between the ages of 5 and 18. “One of our other really big programs that has just started is run by Luis Hernandez. It’s a wrestling/boxing program in Corning,” Hausman says. “And he’s done a great job.”
Basketball and indoor soccer are held at Red Bluff High School and are mainly for high school-aged kids. Street hockey started in Red Bluff but has expanded to Cottonwood, which is coordinated by Kim and Robert Baldree. Tony Carbonell, a chiropractor who is also on the PAL board of directors, goes to different schools during P.E. and teaches street hockey to students in Red Bluff. After moving locations multiple times, the martial arts program now has a huge facility and is coordinated by John Minton and Terry Shackelford. Lastly, Junior Giants baseball is a national program that serves more than 25,000 participants in 90 leagues annually. Players learn the Junior Giants Four Bases of Character Development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork. The Junior Giants also have a Read Around the Bases nutrition and anti-bullying programs.
“Our main thing is to do programs—recreational and educational programs for the youth of Tehama County,” says Hausman. “PAL martial arts does a lot of anti-bullying stuff, so that’s why they’re called the first anti-bullying program in Tehama County. We give kids a lot of different opportunities throughout the various programs,” such as taking kids to San Francisco Giants games, which have included instances where students got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch or sing the National Anthem.
Hausman encourages adults to become a coach or a mentor, come to a board meeting or serve on the board.
Police officers are primarily involved in PAL by coaching or just stopping by to spend time with the kids.
Hausman says the purpose of PAL is to “bring cops and kids together, along with the community.” She says it’s more than a crime prevention program, but a program to build “positive relationships between law enforcement and our youth and community.”