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Welcome to Westport PAL
ALL ABOUT THE KIDS AND COMMUNITY
The Westport PAL is one of Westport's oldest youth Organizations.
Established in 1948, the Westport PAL continues to blaze a trail with many outstanding
Youth Athletic Programs, College Scholarships and their support of the Westport Community.
The Westport PAL is a non-profit organization run by both active and
retired police officers and volunteers from our Community.
At the core of the Westport PAL organization is our volunteers and our partnership with the town.
That is our secret to success.
PAL activities include the funding and producing of the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show,
the Ice Rink at Longshore, Police Chief Sam Luciano Golf Tournament, Children's Holiday Party, College Scholarships and the numerous Youth Athletic Programs which include Football, Flag Football, Cheerleading, Rugby, Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, and Boys and Girls Track & Field.
Today's Westport PAL has over 2,000 children participating in its sports programs and annually awards more than 25 College Scholarships.
There are many youth programs but there is only one PAL!
WPAL Float in Memorial Day Parade
Memorial Day Parade - Monday-May 27, 2019
"THANK A VETERAN"
We are so very grateful for every Veteran and their family
The 2019 grand marshal is a proud Saugatuck native and World War II Veteran, Nick Zeoli.
As the war was raging, he enlisted in the Navy. He was assigned to the USS Boston, a heavy cruiser.
Zeoli spent 3 years in the Pacific Theater. His ship engaged in 13 major battles, including Okinawa.
He was promoted to Radarman 3rd Class and received a commendation from legendary Admiral William Halsey Jr.
After discharge in December 1945, Zeoli enrolled at Arnold College (later absorbed into the University of Bridgeport).
He earned a BA in physical education, then went on to receive master’s degrees from both Bridgeport and Columbia.
He was born in 1923 to Dominick (a firefighter), and Olympia Zeoli. On July 1, he will be 96 years young.
Zeoli was a star football, basketball and baseball player at Staples High School, on Riverside Avenue just down the street from his home.
After discharge in December 1945, Zeoli enrolled at Arnold College (later absorbed into the University of Bridgeport). He earned a BA in physical education, then went on to receive master’s degrees from both Bridgeport and Columbia.
Zeoli spent his summers during college as head lifeguard at Compo Beach.
That’s where he met 1949 Staples grad, Joanne Scott. They married in 1952. On June 13, they’ll celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary.
Zeoli began his career as a substitute teacher in Westport. But Wilton — newly opened as a high school
offered him a full-time job as Phys. ed. teacher and head football coach.
He soon became Wilton’s first athletic director and won national awards for his work. He spearheaded the development of the high school field house — the first in New England. When he retired in 1994, it was named the Nicholas T. Zeoli Fieldhouse.
In Westport — where he always lived — Zeoli directed the Special Olympics program.
He trained Special Olympics coaches in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
For many years, Zeoli emceed the Sportsmen of Westport awards ceremony.
In 1985, the organization presented him with its Sportsmen Award.
Last June, Zeoli was honored by the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference for his lifetime contribution.
Memorial Day parade kicks off on Monday at 9 a.m., at Saugatuck Elementary School.
It heads down Riverside Avenue to the Post Road, goes over the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge,
and takes a left on Myrtle Avenue before ending up at Town Hall.
A ceremony — including grand marshal Nick Zeoli’s address — follows immediately,
approximately 10:30 at Veterans Green. The parade and ceremony are two wonderful Westport traditions
Hat Tip to our "PAL" 06880 Dan Woog or Nick Zeoli image and content
Rugby is a favorite South African sport.
Westporter Steve Perkins was born there and wanted to find a club here for his son.
Deputy Police Chief Sam Arciola and Westport police officer Ned Batlin helped Steve organize a rugby program,
through the Westport PAL. Westport’s Parks & Recreation Department also helped.
Staples High School head rugby coach David Lyme has helped the program grow into 3 teams:
Under 10 (non-contact), and U-12 and U-14 (full contact). Very quickly, the young Westporters have become formidable ruggers.
They’ll feed into the Staples program, which currently fields 4 teams for nearly 100 players.
In the photo above, Steve’s son Ari Perkins (blue) battles Aspetuck, in U-14 action at Wakeman Field.
All Westport PAL families can update their contact information such as addresses,
phone numbers, and e-mails at any time.
It is the responsibility of the LEGAL GUARDIAN who created the family profile to make any changes to address,
phone numbers, email addresses AND adding additional parent/guardian profiles to the player.
1) Click on the 'Edit My Account' tab located on the left margin of the home page.
2) Enter your e-mail address and password. (Don't know your password, just read the instructions above the data entry box.
Still, have questions? Go to the Website Help pages located on the home page and all sports tabs.)
3) Click on any family member's name and you will have access to change what you need
Westport PAL Policy prohibits coaches and admin personnel from making changes to member profiles.
Keeping your information up to date is important.
All PAL sports rely on the contact information in our database and outdated information may cause you to miss important updates.