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WATSONVILLE P.A.L. HISTORY, EST. 1998

In 1998 Sergeant Montes was asked by Lt. Aluffi to establish a Police Activities League Program within the Watsonville community. Sergeant Montes pursued the challenge and focused on the sport of boxing. Boxing was of interest due to Sergeant Montes participating in boxing programs during his high school years and also participating in the Police Olympics. Once the planning process began a building was acquired on Rodriguez St. The building was renovated by many community volunteers to bring in a boxing ring, heavy bags and other boxing equipment. In the summer of 1998 Watsonville PAL had its grand opening which included a professional kickboxing exhibition put on by Rick Nobel and friends. Watsonville PALs first participant came from the Watsonville Cadets canvassing the community with flyers about the program. Sergeant Montes was the first Executive Director of the Watsonville PAL Program. During the first year of WPAL the facility was open six days a week offering Boxing, Kickboxing and Aerobics classes. Shortly after the establishment of the program Watsonville PAL purchased a van and was able to recruit youth from various areas in the city including labor camps, apartment complexes and schools. Recognizing the need for PAL to expand its programming Sergeant Montes launched an indoor soccer program which consisted of sponsoring teams that played at the local indoor arena. PAL also formed the Watsonville PAL wrestling team that same year. The team was comprised of wrestlers from Watsonville High, Rolling Hills Junior High and E.A. Hall Junior High schools. To raise money for the new program Sergeant Montes organized its first fundraiser, the "Battle of the Badges" which was held in March of 1999. Watsonville PAL had fighters from WPD, CHP. SCSO, CDC, SC Probation and San Jose PD all these local law enforcement agencies battle it out in the ring to raise money for the Watsonville PAL program.

Since the departure of Sergeant Montes in 1999 there have been four Executive Directors that have all contributed to the success of the Watsonville Police Activities League Program. Watsonville PAL is still striving to create the bond between cops and kids through afterschool activities.