High school seniors are missing out on important rites of passage as schools are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
After years of hard work and perseverance, they've spent the last few months of school separated from friends, teachers, routine, and traditional celebrations.
In support of high school seniors across San Diego County, the San Diego County Office of Education partnered with the L.A. Chargers and the San Diego Padres to create video messages from players offering words of encouragement and inspiration.
From the L.A. Chargers, defensive back and Del Norte High School alum Quenton Meeks and Scott Quessenberry, team center and graduate of La Costa Canyon High School, both shared messages of support.
Meeks tells San Diego County's graduating seniors that it's up to young people to shape our country's future. Watch the video.
"It's up to us to stand up to the social injustices that exist," he says. "Be excited. This is your story to write!"
Quessenberry congratulates the San Diego County Class of 2020 and says he can't wait to see what these seniors accomplish. Watch the video.
"Stay determined, stay resilient, and the sky's the limit," he said.
The Padres video features Ty France, a third baseman for the team who graduated from San Diego State University.
"Athletes understand adversity. We've had to come back after a loss, put in the practice, and put in the work when no one else believed in us," he says. "Have faith in your ability to create new memories and milestones...There is no pandemic big enough to quiet your voice or silence your passion. We can't wait to see what you do with this opportunity to truly shine."