The Sunnyvale Police Activities League (PAL) exists to build and strengthen relationships between youth and public safety officers in our community through providing athletic and extracurricular opportunities that otherwise would not be accessible to the participants. Sunnyvale PAL first organized in 1969. It evolved from a grass roots football program that was started in response to community needs. In 1965 the Rockets joined the Mid-Peninsula Pop-Warner League. They earned the sponsorship of the Sunnyvale Optimist Club and were granted permission to practice non-tackle at Washington Park. In 1967, the Sunnyvale Public safety Officers Association (PSOA) co-sponsored the two Sunnyvale teams (the Rockets and the Micro Rockets). By 1968, the program gained full support of the PSOA and then Chief Jacob A. Jessup. Soon after, they were allowed tackle practice at Washington Park and Homestead High School’s field was made available for games. The program had become part of Sunnyvale.