Students and parents can help bring much-needed funds to their schools by urging principals, teachers and coaches to apply for $250,000 in Chargers Champions grants to support physical fitness, nutrition and athletic programs on campus.
The Chargers Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Chargers Champions School Grant Program. Applications can be accessed on Chargers.com
and must be postmarked by Friday, April 24.
Chargers Champions is committed to improving physical fitness in San Diego County schools by providing grants for new facilities and equipment. Selected high schools are eligible to receive grants of up to $75,000; middle schools up to $40,000; and elementary schools up to $30,000.
The San Diego Chargers consistently provides more support for schools than any other private company in the county. In 15 years, more than 100 schools have received funding for projects ranging from weight rooms, running tracks, outdoor fitness facilities, fitness equipment, pool equipment, salad bars, nutrition tracking software, aerobics rooms and even a specialized outdoor fitness area for the visually impaired.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have organizations like the San Diego Chargers step up to support education,” said Dr. Randolph Ward, the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools. “By providing these resources, the Chargers are making a real difference in the lives of local children, not only today but in the future.”
In 2014, seven San Diego County schools received grants to improve physical fitness, athletic or nutrition programs on school campuses.
“Schools throughout our community need our support,” Chargers Executive Vice President-CEO A.G. Spanos said. “The main goal of our program is to provide students in San Diego with the necessary means to live a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness.”
Funds allocated to Chargers Champions are administered through the Chargers Community Foundation, the San Diego Chargers’ charitable foundation. The Foundation was established in 1995 by Dean and Alex Spanos to help San Diego build on its strengths by supporting individuals, activities and organizations that work to make the city a better place to live.