The Spanos family and the San
Diego Chargers continued their tradition of support for youth and health fitness
by awarding nearly $250,000 in Chargers Champions grants to San Diego County
“Schools throughout California need our support,” said A.G.
Spanos, the Chargers’ executive vice president and chief executive officer. “The
main goal of our program is to provide students with the necessary means to
living a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness.”
provides grants for new facilities and equipment to improve physical fitness of
students in San Diego County schools.
Since the program’s inception in
2000, the Spanos family has donated more than $4.5 million to San Diego’s
schools and students through Chargers Champions. The program consistently
provides more support for San Diego-area schools than any other individual or
private company in San Diego County.
“We are incredibly fortunate to
have organizations like the San Diego Chargers step up to support education,”
Dr. Randolph Ward said, the San Diego 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.”
The educational grants
ranged in amounts from $75,000 to both Helix High School and Mission Bay High
School down to a $3,000 grant given to Valley Center High School.
Charter High School is so appreciative of the Chargers for their continued
support of California schools,” Helix High Executive Director Mike Lewis said.
“The Chargers grant of $75,000 will outfit a new weight room facility that will
be used by all of our students in physical education as well as all of our
Nine San Diego County schools received grants to improve
physical fitness, athletic or nutrition programs on school campuses.
- Helix High School, $75,000, New weight room
- Mission Bay High School,
$75,000, New weight room
- Diegueno Middle School, $22,000, Outdoor fitness
- Washington Middle School, $22,000, Aquatics equipment
McAuliffe Elementary School, $17,000, Running track
- Del Rio Elementary
School, $15,000, Fitness equipment
- Cajon Park Elementary School, $13,000,
Sports equipment/running track
- Ross Elementary School, $4,000, Fitness
- Valley Center High School, $3,000, Body Composition Analyzers
This year’s Chargers Champions’ recipients will be honored on the field
during the Chargers-Cincinnati game on Sunday, December 2, at Qualcomm Stadium.
Funds allocated to Chargers Champions are administered through the
Chargers Community Foundation, the team’s 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.”