"Our most important resource is
the youth of our Community."

-Bob Binn


A glimpse of what PAL is about

Since 1997, San Mateo PAL has provided recreational, educational, and leisure activities for free to thousands of San Mateo youth.  Supported by a volunteer Board of Directors and staff consisting of Police Officers, Parks and Recreation Staff, and City Employees, the San Mateo Police Activities League is building a stronger and safer community through kids - our most valuable asset.

PAL Membership

San Mateo PAL provides a variety of supervised recreational, social and educational activities for kids ages 5-18 in and around our community. PAL memberships are FREE.

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PAL Programs

The San Mateo Police Activities League provides a variety of supervised recreational, social and educational activities for kids ages 5-18 in San Mateo and our surrounding community.

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Ways to Donate

We invite you to open your heart and to be the person who makes a positive impact in this community by supporting us in developing our youth into productive citizens.

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News & Updates

Let the giving continue! Spread the word by telling your friends why you're passionate about investing in the future of our PAL kids. Then, invite them to join you.

Thanks to a very special $10,000 match challenge by Sally and Mike Mayer, all new donor gifts will be matched to double... the impact!

Calling all PAL Heroes! This holiday season PAL is teaming up with the San Mateo Police Department and the City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation to host our annual Brunch with Santa! This #GivingTuesday, your gift will help us provide a warm breakfast and holiday festivities for our PAL ...families.

To donate, visit https://sanmateopal.org/more-ways-to-give/donate/

#GivingTuesday is here! Your donation today will put holiday cheer into the hands of San Mateo youth and families who need it most.

Visit https://sanmateopal.org/more-ways-to-give/donate/ to donate today! All new donor gifts will be matched up to $10,000!

🎃👻 Happy Halloween!! 👻🎃

Be safe, have fun, and don't forget to look both ways before the crossing the street while Trick-Or-Treating!

Today’s Dia de los Muertos event was a beautiful way to celebrate community and to remember loved ones and honor their memory.

The sunny day and the colorful imagery made for an amazing backdrop to receive a proclamation presented to both PAL and the City of San Mateo Parks and ...Recreation from State Senator Josh Becker’s office, recognizing the impact our Latin community has on our city.

If the day wasn’t great enough, we also celebrated our own San Mateo Police Department Youth Services Officer Adle’s birthday!

A good day all around we’d say.

Visit our San Mateo Police Department officers this Saturday (10/7) for the 🎀 Pink Patch Party on B St from 11-4pm and then visit us at our Dia de Los Muertos event the following Saturday (10/14) at the King Center.

October is full of amazing events! We hope to see you at all of them!

🏀🏈⚾️🎾 It was another sports filled day at Hillsdale Shopping Center’s Safety & Wellness Day. We are big supporters of both and encourage families to get out and do something fun together.

While this was our last event at the mall for the summer, be sure to follow for ...more opportunities to Build the Bond Between Cops & Kids with us!

City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation

Our Reach

Impact in the Community


Enrolled in activities


Youth Members


Unique Households

San Mateo PAL



Youth 5 to 17 years old


Families are very low income


Eligible for free or reduced lunch


Residents in San Mateo

Upcoming Fundraising Events

In collaboration with our community partners, PAL strives to create a safer society while promoting the physical, social and psychological development of our youth.

24th Annual PAL Golf Tournament

Friday, October 6, 2023

L&S Invite 2023 - Save the Date

Annual San Mateo PAL Lights & Sirens Dinner

San Mateo PAL's Annual Lights & Sirens on Friday, April 28, 2023.

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RunWalk Challenge 2021- email-3

5K Run Walk Challenge 2023

Registration is now open for our 5K Run/Walk Challenge for Health and Mental Wellness!

May 21, 2023
Seal Point Park in San Mateo.


Friends of San Mateo PAL

For the last 20 years, we have relied on a vast network of supporters for priceless guidance and crucial investments in our shared mission of building a safer community, while promoting the physical, social and psychological development of our youth.

"Providing these wonderful opportunities for San Mateo kids, and building their bonds and trust with police officers is the best investment we can make as a community!"

-Carol Conroy

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