Kids staying active with help from PALS

Purdue PALS program helps keep kids physically and mentally sharp over the summer.
Purdue PALS program helps keep kids physically and mentally sharp over the summer.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Area children are getting physically active this summer thanks to the PALS program at Purdue University.

More than 600 kids ages 8 to 14 from Tippecanoe County are participating in the Purdue Athletes Life Success program. The PALS program is in its 13th year.

The program’s curriculum includes things like health and fitness, nutrition, art and financial literacy.

Volunteers are Purdue students and athletes, including Purdue alumnus Drew Brees.

Organizers said the kids always have a great time.

“They love working with the football players,” PALS co-director Bonnie Blankenship said. “They get autographs. They get high fives. They get to know them, and it just makes it a lot of fun.”

But Blankenship said it’s not only fun for the children, it’s fun for everyone involved.

“We have a great staff this year. They are wonderful,” Blankenship said. “They help make the camp go smoothly, and we’re just having a blast.”

The five week program began on June 12 and will conclude July 11. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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