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Posted on: May 24, 2022

Mayor Brown & Buffalo PAL Announce the 2022 ‘Camp Champs’ Summer Giving Campaign

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Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL) Executive Director, Nekia Kemp, today announced the launch of the 2022 Camp Champs fundraising campaign.

Residents and business are being asked to consider making a donation to the campaign which supports PAL’s educational and athletic camps, which provides 6-weeks of summer programming for thousands of City of Buffalo youngsters and teens, in grades K-12. This summer’s camps run from July 11 through August 19.

“PAL Educational Summer Camp plays a critical role in reducing summer learning loss in City of Buffalo youth. Camp programs also keep kids and teens engaged in healthy athletic and wellness activities that take place at safe recreation facilities and parks city-wide. Campers have a great time, while they receive ongoing support from nurturing teachers, coaches, and mentors, in partnership with law enforcement,” Mayor Brown said.

“Our goal is to raise $30,000 by June 30, so we can provide more than 5,000 youth with meaningful and enjoyable summer camp experiences. Donations are critical to the success of this critical summer programming,” Kemp said.

Here’s what contributions to one of the seven sponsorship tiers will make possible:

$50 – Provides fitness equipment, athletic apparel, and sneakers, for kids and teens participating in PAL PLAYSTREETS sports and fitness programming

$75 – Provides books, academic supplies, and snacks for 6-week educational summer camp participants

$100 – Provides one child with 6-weeks of educational summer camp and daily meals

$150 – Provides one child with 6-weeks of ‘Love to Serve’ tennis camp and PAL golf clinics at Delaware Park

$250 – Provides two children with weekend camping trips to Allegany State Park (covers overnight lodging, meals and transportation)

$500 – Provides five children with 6-weeks of educational summer camp and daily meals

$1,000 – Designation as as official sponsor of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge Eight ‘Camp Champ’ billboards were unveiled today across the City.

To make an online donation visit: If you have questions about PAL summer program and donations email:


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