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The Adams Police Athletic League basketball program was established in 1952 and the first season’s games were played in the winter of 1953.

The P.A.L was a community-oriented means of dealing with juvenile crime and delinquency. The original organizing committee was compromised of members of the Adams Police Department and consisted of patrolmen Harold Jones, Norbert Fillion, Joseph Cardonnell, Gino Balardini, John Tarsa, George Little, Emil Prystas and John Erdeski. Community members James Urquhart and John Ryan assisted these department members.

The league consisted of two divisions and was open to boys from age 9 to 11 (called "Little League") and ages 12 to 14, (called "Little Bigger League").

Original sponsors of Little League teams were: Arnold Lumber, Arnold Printworks, The Berkshire Fine Spinning Union Local 523, Adams Laundry, and the United Textile Workers Union Local #780. Sponsors of the Little Bigger League were Albert’s Hardware, Rowley Fuel, Adams Police Association, Clermont’s Grocery, Owczarski’s Variety, Alert Hose Co #1, The Crest and Berkshire Dairy.

Quote from the October 15, 1957 printing of the North Adams Transcript. (The Adams PAL was to begin it's fifth season.) Adams Police Chief Edward W. Reid stated of the League's success:
"[The League's Success] is due to the generosity of adults and students who give their time willingly and freely so that players may have the opportunity to practice and play. Adams has already reaped many honors as people throughout the county praise the unselfish manner in which Adams residents provide youngsters supervised recreational activities. In years to come the town will acquire further honors from the league players."
What started out in the 1950s as a strictly-boys league with two divisions and 168 players is now a boys & girls league featuring 462 players (2008).
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