Programs

  • Sandlot Program

    Remember those impromptu pick-up games at your local playground? We do! In fact, that’s the idea behind SFPAL’s new Sandlot Program where Kids and Cops come together in a fun and healthy environment! Officers will be provided with sporting gear and will be able to arrive at a park or schoolyard and round-up local youngsters for an on-the-spot pick-up baseball, soccer or basketball game!

    Visit the Sandlot Program Program page >
  • Cheerleading

    Launched 25 years ago in partnership with the football program, The PAL Seahawks Cheer and Dance team is coached by 20 volunteers, many alumnae of the program themselves, that serve 60 coed cheerleaders in the Western Addition. For each of the last eight years, Seahawks Dance teams have competed and won titles at the Pop Warner National Competition in Orlando, Florida. In Fall 2012, the PAL Seahawks Cheerleaders will be joined the American Youth Football League.

    Visit the Cheerleading Program page >
  • Football

    For more than fifty years, the PAL Seahawks Football program has played at Kimbell Field in the Western Addition. With the help of 30 volunteer coaches (many of whom were former PAL Seahawks themselves in their youth) Seahawks football is serving 200 young boys every fall. The majority of these youth are socioeconomically disadvantaged and many are foster youth for whom this program provides positive adult role models in their lives. Starting in 2012, PAL Seahawks will be playing in the NorCal American Youth Football League.

    Visit the Football Program page >
  • Law Enforcement Cadets

    This longstanding program serving youth ages 14-20 is produced in collaboration with the SFPD. The SFPAL Law Enforcement Cadet Academy is designed to give you enhanced hands-on job skills and leadership development experience through proper preparation and training. First, cadets attend a 4-week intensive training provided by Police Academy staff. Graduates then work in internships at stations under the direction of SFPD Cadet Coordinators. As of 2014, more than 180 cadets have graduated from the cadet academy and have been interns throughout San Francisco.

    Visit the Law Enforcement Cadets Program page >
  • Martial Arts

    For over 15 years, PAL Judo has been led by a civilian volunteer, Sensei Bill Wong, who dedicated two afternoons a week year-round for 20+ boys and girls in the Mission. In Fall 2010, this program initiated a new partnership with the San Francisco Boys & Girls Club as we relocated to the Columbia Park Club in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood.

    Visit the Martial Arts Program page >

Programs

PROGRAM FEE PHILOSOPHY:

  • SFPAL places special emphasis on supporting and growing volunteers to serve kids in some of the most disadvantaged San Francisco communities, many of whom would otherwise not have access to extra-curricular activities or afterschool sports.
  • The SFPAL is a 501c3 and receives no funding from the City of San Francisco.
  • We keep our program fees low for participants in an effort to provide access to our services for as many kids as possible.
    • Our registration fees cover only 20-25% of our direct program costs – SFPAL fundraises through individual donations, grants and events for the rest.
    • Program registration fees for participants range from being free to $65 per year depending upon the sport.
    • Other leagues/organizations typically charge 2-4 times as much as SFPAL with fees ranging from $70-$300+
  • SFPAL provides services to all youth regardless of their ability to pay, and have a fee waiver/scholarship program in place for those in need.
    • As an example, PAL provided scholarships for the $60 registration fee for over 75% of football/cheer participants this year.
    • In 2011, with an increasingly depressed economy, PAL provided fee-waivers to more families and kids than at any time in the organization’s 50+ year history.

PARTNERS:

We partner with numerous organizations to ensure best practices for youth development including the Team Up for Youth, Positive Coaching Alliance, San Francisco Junior Giants, US Amateur Boxing ssociation, United States Judo Federation, San Francisco Boys and Girls Clubs and Pop Warner Football. We also work closely with City agencies such as the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Police Department.

FUNDERS:

U.S. Office of Emergency Services, San Francisco Police Officers Association, The Gap Foundation, Doris and Don Fisher, Lennar Urban, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, Bode Gravel Company, GGS Foundation, Kimball Foundation