San Mateo PAL Pulse June 2023

San Mateo PAL Pulse

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Summer Is Here And So Is Junior Giants!

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Batter up! San Mateo PAL’s Jr Giants is upon us and Opening Day is on Saturday, June, 17th at Los Prados Park. Chief Barberini will be throwing the first pitch at 8:15am- you won't want to miss it!

Junior Giants promotes confidence, integrity, leadership, and teamwork, which will help our kids thrive in today's society. We hope that instilling the importance of teamwork and community will encourage our kids to stay on the right path. Over 360 participants will partake in practice throughout the week with games every Saturday.

Right now hearts and our rosters are full, and we can't wait to see what this season brings. That said, PLAY BALL!

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News and Updates

Mental Health Matters 2023 Was a Success!

Last month SMPAL, Star Vista, and Stride For Awareness hosted Mental Health Matters 2023, a mental health wellness fair and 5K run/walk. It was a fantastic day for hanging out with our local community, learning about mental health wellness resources, and running or walking in the 5K. There were over 550 participants, with over 300 in our 5k run/walk and over 30 vendors! The weather was warm and sunny, and it was the perfect opportunity to get active while supporting PAL kids and programs.

We are so grateful for all the vendors, exhibitors, staff, race day officials, and participants who made this event successful. It means the world to see our local community come together to create awareness about the importance of mental health wellness and SMPAL. 

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We'd also like to thank our event sponsor, the Mayer Family Foundation, for generously supporting this event and PAL throughout the years. The Mayer family has provided school supplies for our kids at the beginning of every academic year, countless donations that go towards PAL programming, and for showing up to our events to spend time with the PAL community. We could not have achieved our successes without them, and for that we are so thankful.

We had such a blast this year, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

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San Mateo PAL has scheduled some amazing field trips for our participants. Interested participants are encouraged to add their child on the interest list as early as possible. Due to the popularity of the programs, we will be using a random selection for the registration. Fees for most trips are $20. Spots are limited, so please pay attention to the age range and sign-up accordingly. Ages listed in red are so that we can accommodate more participants.

Ages 5-8
-Marine Science Institue (ages 5 to 9)
-SF Zoo (ages 5 to 9)
-Berry Picking at R&R
-Deer Hollow Farm

Ages 9-12
-Hiking in Muir Woods
-Camp Jones Gulch Zipline, Archery, and Climbing
-Aqua Adventure Waterpark (ages 9 to 15)

Ages 13-17
-Ziplining at Sonoma Canopy Tours
-Overnight White Water Rafting
-Sausalito Fishing Trip
-Sausalito Fishing Trip
-Queen of Hearts Fishing Trip HMB
-Huck Finn Fishing Trip Emeryville

Have questions? Please email us at: or call

Monthly Paw-some Update

What is Rookie Up To?


Rookie is PAL's Therapy K9. Under the care and watch of Youth Services Officer, Allison Adle, Rookie's duties include comforting victims and witnesses of crime, reducing trauma, increasing wellness, and participating in community outreach particularly involving our youth.

Pictured: Rookie on duty at PAL's Place!

To see more pictures of Rookie, follow Rookie's Instagram page @tk9_rookie.

Upcoming Events

Super Hero Day - Saturday, July 15th

Super Hero Day makes a return for Saturday, July 15th at Los Prados Park from 12:00-3:00 pm.

This community event is FREE and all are welcome to attend! More details to follow.

Mobile Rec At - 2023 Summer Rec 'N Roll

The Mobile Recreation "Rec 'N Roll" bus will be around all summer!

6/21 - Rec & Roll - Casanova Park
6/22 - Music Series - Central Park
6/28 - Rec & Roll - Los Prados Park
6/29 - Music Series - Central park

There will be games and crafts provided by Mobile Rec and there is no cost associated with participating, meaning FREE play all day!

Golf Tournament - Save the Date

VOur annual golf tournament will take place on Friday, October 6, 2023 at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links golf course. More details regarding sponsorships, auction items, and event information will be provided soon!

Featured PAL Kids!

Safety Day
Safety Day
Family Fun Night
Family Fun Night
Safety Day at Old Navy
Safety Day at Old Navy

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Email us pictures and videos (past or present) of your child participating in PAL programs or activities for a chance to be featured on our social media. You can email all content to:

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