New Scott High School graduate Jared Anderson, 17, and Rogers High School junior Zia Cooke, 16, were honored recently for their impressive athletic accomplishments.

Jared, a boxer, and Zia, a basketball player, were honored by city officials at a news conference held in mid-June by the Police Athletic League (PAL) at its North Toledo headquarters. The teenagers were given a proclamation from Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and Police Chief George Kral spoke with pride about the two officers - Sgt. Mack Collins and Officer Kim Darrington - who had helped train the athletes on their journey.

The chief told the teens: "You have the world right here in your hands. You can do anything you want.”

Jared is top-ranked nationally among boxers in his age and weight division. He will represent the United States during championship competition in Germany. At the news conference, Jared talked about the impact the Police Athletic League has had on his life.

“It's kept me on the right path,” he said.

Zia had recently returned from Argentina, where, as a member of this year's USA Basketball Women's U16 team, she earned a gold medal. She still has two years of high school, but has already accumlated 26 letters of interest from NCAA Division I schools.

“It's truly a great blessing to be able to do all of this, and I’m really thankful for all of it,” she said.

Since the 1950s, Police Athletic League leaders have coached and mentored area youth. Programs include baseball, boxing, tutoring and the police explorers.

Posted on June 29, 2017