Sgt. Craig Littles recognized by 100 Club of Memphis

From the Daily Memphian article:

Two of Memphis’ first responders were recognized Monday, Jan. 28, by the 100 Club of Memphis at its annual dinner held at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis.

The 100 Club of Memphis provides support to the families of fallen first responders throughout metropolitan Memphis. Each year, the club awards a first responder with the Judge Jerome Turner Award, which recognizes local law enforcement officers or firefighters who go above and beyond in their communities.

Sgt. Craig Littles of the Memphis Police Department was named the 14th annual award recipient.

Littles serves as chief visionary officer and lead law enforcement officer of the Memphis and Shelby County Police Activities League (Memphis Shelby PAL), a nonprofit youth mentoring organization dedicated to preventing crime, building character and promoting success for youth in the community.

“I would like to thank everyone on behalf of PAL kids as well as our staff and parents — know that this is most appreciated,” Littles said during the event. “We go unsung as we go about our business over the past 25 years working with youth and development. This gift will go a long way in moving our mission further in terms of juvenile crime prevention in our city.”

Through PAL, Littles has secured numerous grant funds that have provided uniforms and sporting equipment for more than 3,200 kids in Memphis. He is also the founder and executive director of Memphis Bears Inc., which was established in 1996 to empower, enhance and enrich at-risk youth through educational assistance, discovery skills and sports programs. Most recently, Littles became CEO of Youth Academy of Dreams, a nonprofit youth organization that compiles discovery, sports, education, mentoring and intervention curriculums and serves 200 youths in the Raleigh/Frayser area.

“Craig (Littles) approached me and wanted to do PAL,” Michael Rallings, director of the Memphis Police Department, said. “He wanted to do something for the community. So, he’s a great example of officers working in the community to help kids figure things out and put them on the right track and maybe turn some around.”