"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

Junipero Serra High School (San Mateo) alumni, Captain Dave Peruzzaro, presented Senior and San Mateo Police Department Police Explorer Sergeant Daniel Ordonez with a PAL Scholarship this evening at Serra’s Scholarship presentation event. Congrats Daniel! We know great things are ahead for you!

A beautiful day for wellness at Seal Point Park this morning. In collaboration with StarVista, we hosted our Mental Heath Matters 5K and Wellness Fair.

Amazing resource organizations tabled and provided services (too many to list), A Runner's Mind handled the run portion, Stride for ...Awareness (whose brainchild our very first race was) handled volunteers, and The City of San Mateo departments like City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, San Mateo Police Department, and San Mateo Public Library were also on hand.

Kids, young and old, dogs, walkers, runners, and bicyclists all turned out to support this cause, get some fitness in, and breathe in the fresh air. All super important for mental & physical health.

We are grateful for the continued support of our community as we continue to aim to provide resources to our PAL youth and families. For more information on mental health, visit StarVista, NAMI, and San Mateo County Health to name a few.

#mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters

And we’re off! An amazing turnout to help us and StarVista bring awareness to mental health.

If you don’t have plans for today, the best thing you can do for yourself is get outside and breathe in the fresh air.

We’ve also got a mental health resource fair running til 1pm ...so head out to Seal Point Park & Ryder Park to check out our tablers.


Use code "HAPPY" at checkout to receive $10 off 5k run/walk registration. Promo ends today at 2pm and online registration closes at 5pm.

Any registrations beyond 5pm today will take place ...in person on race day. Just find us at the registration booths!! All registrants will get a cool t-shirt, runner's bib, finisher's pin, and exclusive swag!

Don't feel like doing the 5K? No worries, come hang out with us at our FREE mental health wellness fair. It's open to EVERYONE and all are welcome to join, including your pets. 🐶🐾 Bring your family, your friends, and co-workers!

Link sign-up: runsignup.com/Race/CA/SanMateo/MentalHealthMatters5K2023

SEE YOU IN 2 DAYS! 🏃🏃‍♀️💨

✨Come hang out with us at our FREE mental health resource fair✨

Bring your family, friends, and dogs to Mental Health Matters! 🐶🐾 In less than two weeks, SMPAL and StarVista will host a mental health resource fair with resource booths, yoga, snacks, self-care activities, a DJ, ...and exclusive giveaways (while supplies last).

In addition to the fair, we also have a 5K run/walk that is open to ALL ages. Registration costs for the 5K will support PAL kids and PAL programming. If you register today, you can take advantage of a $10 off promo using discount code "HAPPY." Promo code ends May 19th.

💚Click here to register💚 https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/SanMateo/MentalHealthMatters5K2023

San Mateo Police Department | The City of San Mateo | City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation

Our 5K Run/Walk + Wellness Fair is only 2 weeks away!!

Registration is available now and if you register today, you can use promo code "HAPPY" to receive $10 off registration prices. In addition to the run, we also have a FREE Wellness Fair that is open to the public. You are ...invited to come and learn about mental health wellness resources. Bring your family, friends, coworkers, and even dogs to our awesome community event. There is plenty of open space for your pets and there will be a DJ, yoga, snacks, and exclusive giveaways while supplies last. We hope to see you there!!

💚Registration link💚

✨Runners will get an exclusive t-shirt, a runner's bib, a finisher's pin, and swag!✨

#SanMateoPAL #NonProfit #MentalHealthAwareness

Have you registered for our 5K Run/Walk event yet??

We are very excited to announce that Urban Paws Service Dogs will be bringing service dogs to our Mental Health Matters 2023 event! Mental Health Matters activities are geared towards supporting mental wellness and educating residents of... San Mateo County about mental health services. We hope that you can join us on May 21, 2023 for this special event. 🐶🐾🦴

This event is open to all ages and we encourage you to invite your family, friends, colleagues, and even dogs! There will be plenty of open space for your furry loved ones to run and play! To register for our event, please visit: runsignup.com/race/ca/sanmateo/mentalhealthmatters5k2023

SEE YOU THERE! 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️ StarVista
#SanMateoPAL #StarVista #MentalHealthMatters

Last night we hosted our annual San Mateo PAL Lights & Sirens Awards & Recognition fundraising dinner, celebrating 26 years of San Mateo PAL.

It was a jam packed evening, honoring 9 Community Partners (San Mateo Event Center, The City of San Mateo, San Mateo Union High School ...District, San Mateo-Foster City School District, College of San Mateo, Empowerment Through Action, Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo Elks Lodge #1112, and Nazarethiceoasissanmateo) for their amazing contributions to our program through a variety of means.

We also honored our San Mateo Police Department PAL Police Officer of the Year, Officer Todd Shypertt, our City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation PAL Employee of the Year, April Adams, our Police Explorer of the Year, Daniel Ordonez, and our Youth(s) of the Year, sisters Cinthia & Arely.

Our Live Auction was hosted by The Principal Auctioneer Chad Carvey, was emcee’d by County of San Mateo - Government County Executive Mike Callagy, and attended by so many PAL supporters so giving of their time and money.

Check out our website for a list of all of the amazing sponsors of this event, www.sanmateopal.org.

It was a great evening for a great cause and on behalf of our membership and their families we are so grateful for your support.

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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.

Save the date Golf Tournament 2022 square

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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