Since 1959, thousands of San Francisco youth have participated in PAL activities – kids on every block and every zip code have benefited from the dedication of volunteer adult mentors and role models. From a meager beginning and a handful of kids, SFPAL currently serves almost 5000 youth annually with the help of 800 civilian and police volunteer coaches and mentors through a variety of sports and leadership activities.  While many of our volunteers are parent coaches, a significant portion of our volunteers are PAL alumni themselves who benefited from the program in their youth and choose to give back to the youth in their community with their time, energy and commitment.

SFPAL builds community by organizing youth sports and healthy activities that develop personal character and foster positive relationships among police officers, youth and dedicated volunteers.

SFPAL Board and Staff

First PAL article in POA Journal May 1959