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UFC welterweight Chris Lytle help launch Police Athletic League (PAL) in Indianapolis

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Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chris Lytle is teaming up with his longtime trainers and cornermen Keith Palmer and Pat McPherson to launch a Police Athletic League club devoted to boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Indy PAL MMA is the country's second Police Athletic League program devoted to the disciplines that make up Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Popularized by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), MMA incorporates striking with the hands and feet, wrestling, and submission holds.

Under the guidance of noted MMA trainer and IMPD Detective Pat McPherson, Indy PAL MMA will provide kids with top-notch instruction in boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as academic support and mentoring at no cost. The gym will serve as the home base for Lytle as well as a select number of professional and amateur fighters who are willing to invest time and energy each week to coaching and mentoring.

"People might think this is just about fighting but quite honestly it's about transforming lives, teaching kids structure and discipline and the value of hard work," said Det. McPherson.

Rather than ask the city to fund the program or seek out private donors, McPherson submitted a proposal to Pepsi's Refresh Everything campaign. Each month, Pepsi awards grants to the top 10 proposals in various tiers.

Indy PAL MMA's $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant proposal is live through May 31 and supporters are encouraged to vote each day at http://www.refresheverything.com/indypalmma. Supporters can also vote by texting 106352 to Pepsi (73774) to vote from his or her mobile phone.

If you'd like to feature the project on your television show, radio show, blog, or podcast, McPherson is available at your convenience for interviews.

About Indy PAL MMA: Indy PAL MMA is the country's second Police Athletic League program devoted to teaching the dominant disciplines of Mixed Martial Arts. While Indy PAL MMA will encourage its athletes to compete in one or more discipline, its goal is not to develop fighters but to cultivate citizens.

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