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Celebrating 25 years of San Mateo PAL

2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the San Mateo Police Activities League, beginning with some of our first activities such as Camping, Judo, Soccer, and Junior Giants in 1997. We have been working hard to build the bond between cops & kids and support youth and families in our community with social, emotional, and physical development opportunities. And now, it's time to celebrate!

San Mateo PAL Golf Tournament

Save the Date October 7th


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

-Bob Binn

News & Updates

A cookie a day keeps the blues away! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช

To kick-start the new school year, a few of our staff, San Mateo Police Department Officers, and Explorers stopped by Bayside Academy and San Mateo High School to pass out chocolate chip cookies.

Thank you to our donor ...Esposto's Catering for baking over 800 individually wrapped cookies for this occasion. Everybody loved them and they were delicious!!

Happy First Week of School!
#SanMateoPAL #SweetTreats #SmartCookies

Backpack PALooza 2022 was a hit! This past Tuesday, SMPAL provided backpacks, school supplies, books, snacks, and gift cards to almost 300 PAL-ticipants. ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ““๐Ÿ“”๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ–‡โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ–Š

It brings us so much joy to serve our community and to kick off the school year on such a high ...note.

We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to Sally and Mike Mayer + Family for donating 300 Target gift cards. Sally really wanted the kids to have something new for the school year whether it's a new pair of shoes, new clothes, or additional school supplies.

Thank you also to our staff, volunteers, and Cadets for making this event successful. We couldn't have done it without you!

If you'd like to participate in future PAL events like Backpack PALooza, be sure to enroll your child as an active PAL member. Visit our website on how to sign-up!

#SanMateoPAL #BackToSchool2022 #BackpackPALooza2022

โ€ฆAnd thatโ€™s a wrap on Junior Giants! What an amazing season! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers, we canโ€™t do it without you!

Saturday at the ballparkโšพ๏ธ๐ŸŸ for our annual Junior Giants Festival. We are here until 1pm enjoying ๐ŸŒญโšพ๏ธ๐Ÿญ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽจ and more!

Itโ€™s the end of our Junior Giants season and as a thank you to all of the teams, coaches, and families, we are hosting our annual Jr. Giants Festival so each team can celebrate their season after each of todayโ€™s games.

#SummerWrapUp Over the last few weeks, we've kept our PAL kids busy! From salmon fishing near Pacifica ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ, to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk โ˜€๏ธโ›ฑ๐ŸŽก๐ŸŽข๐ŸŽ , and even WHITE WATER RAFTING ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ถ!! It has been a jam-packed summer full of activities.

At San Mateo PAL we ...strive to create fun, enriching, and memorable experiences for our kids to treasure. From the looks of those smiles, it looks like we're doing okay! ๐Ÿ˜

Shouting a huge THANK YOU to all of our donors, staff, Explorers, volunteers, instructors, the San Mateo Police Department , and the City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation who pitched in to make our programs successful. Your help and support is the fuel for PAL!

Even though summer is ending, we have loads of activities and events planned for the Fall. Stay tuned! The best is yet to come. ๐Ÿค—

#SanMateoPAL #FunInTheSun #ByeByeSummer #HelloFall

National Night Out! Come dance with us ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป at the MLK Community Center.

City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation

Join us for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd at the King Center from 5:30-8pm.

What is National Night Out, you ask?!?

National Night Out is an annual event that:
- Raises crime prevention awareness
- Strengthens neighborhood spirit and unity
- Develops ...partnerships between the City and the community on the โ€œblock level.โ€

Join us for this informative event and be a part of strengthening your community by knowing your neighbors, watching out for each other, and working together for a safe community!

San Mateo Police Department #SanMateoPAL #Saftey #NeighborhoodWatch

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.

23rd Annual PAL Golf Tournament


Friday, October 7, 2022

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SMPAL L&S Invite 2022

Annual San Mateo PAL Lights & Sirens Dinner

San Mateo PAL's 24th Annual Lights & Sirens on Friday, May 6, 2022.

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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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