Children from the five boroughs came to the Police Athletic League Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica on Feb. 19 to attend the annual PAL Games Day Tournament of Champions. The day is designed to promote relationships and understanding by bringing together boys and girls of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The children, ages 5 to 13, compete in events that challenge them both physically and intellectually, including basketball and pingpong to the challenge of building structures that will stand and boas that will float. The center was named for NYPD Officer Edward Byrne, a patrolman in the 103rd Precinct who was a 22-year-old rookie when he was killed in the line of duty 26 years ago. — Michael Gannon
A war of words: Juhi Sarin, left, and Alfonsa Reyes of Staten Island, Brandon Gayle of South Ozone Park and Semi Williams of Brooklyn square off in an interborough “Boggle” competition.
Simple building blocks are used to create structures, skills and smiles.
Rany Batista, 8, left, of Manhattan and Asuah Hall, 6, of Queens employ math and strategy in the game of “Trouble.”
Elijah Hinson of Queens prepares to rip a cross-court forehand.
The dance competition was a hit with children of all ages.
Simbiat Bakare of Queens is all focus and concentration as she returns an opponent’s volley in the pingpong competition.
Katie Bonilla, left, Justin Trotman and Kaitlyn Nerys of Far Rockaway apply physics, economics and engineering as they must “buy” enough spaghetti strands and miniature marshmallows to construct a free-standing structure.
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