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Chargers Champions

For almost two decades, the Spanos family and the Chargers Community Foundation have been providing funds to educational institutions throughout San Diego County. This passion for our county’s schools led to the creation of the Chargers Champions program in February of 2000.  

Since that time, Chargers Champions has provided more than $5 million to assist schools, teachers and students. Each year the Chargers Champions School Grant Program allows public and private schools within San Diego County to apply for badly-needed funding for physical fitness, nutrition or athletic programs on their campuses.

Since the beginning of the School Grant Program, more than 100 schools have received funding for various projects such as outdoor fitness trails, weight rooms, running tracks or even Sparks equipment.

Through the Chargers Champions School Grant Program, the Spanos family and the San Diego Chargers are committed to improving the health and well-being of our children, regardless of where they reside.

Chargers Champions Grant Program

The Chargers Champions School Grant program was created to assist San Diego County schools with meeting some of the basic physical fitness, nutrition and athletic needs of their students.

The program annually provides selected schools with grants of up to $75,000 for high schools; up to $40,000 for middle schools and up to $30,000 for elementary schools.

Application Process

The Chargers Champions School Grant program is open to any public or private school in San Diego County. Applications must include all requested information and must be submitted by the deadline to be considered.

Information describing the application process and how to obtain additional applications are also mailed to all county public schools and available as well through the Office of Education. This same information is also mailed to all private schools in the county using a list updated and provided by the State of California.

Selection Process

School Grant Selection Team – Working with the County Office of Education, Chargers Champions sought to identify the important backgrounds necessary to fairly evaluate all proposals received and to ensure a good cross background of business, community, fitness and athletic educators, as well as school administrators. From their recommendations the Chargers Champions School Selection Team was formed.

The Selection Team meets as a group and reviews all grant submissions that have passed the first round review. This first round review checks to be sure that applications are complete and have been submitted properly, and that the grant proposal meets the stated guidelines of the program. Partially completed grant applications or applications with missing information are not considered.

The Selection Team then reviews each remaining application on its own merits and selects a group of finalists. After the finalists have been selected, site visits are scheduled to ensure accuracy of grant applications before finalizing decisions on grant awards.

School Grant Selection Team:


Edward Brown

  President/Chief Operating Officer, Cymer, Inc.

Marilyn Brown

  Vice President, Silberrad Inc.

Jim Esterbrooks

  California Interscholastic Federation

Pat Nevin

  General Manager, KFMB

Rana Sampson

  Vice President, Union Bank

John Shacklett

  High School Sports Association

A.G. Spanos

  President - Business Operations

Jodie Spanos

  Former Management & Program Analyst for the U.S. Dept. of Education

Bruce Ward

  Retired Director Physical Education, Health & Athletics at SDUSD

Bill Johnston


Director, Public Relations


Congratulations to our 2015 Chargers Champions School Grant Winners!


2015 Chargers Champions

Porter Elementary School $10,000             Fitness Equipment
San Elijo Middle School $16,000      Patch Course
Gauge Elementary School $26,000 Neuronasium & Fitness Equipment
Laurel Elementary School $30,000      Running Track
De Portola Middle School $40,000       Rock Wall & Fitness Equipment
Sweetwater High School $63,000     Weight Room & Football Equipment
Granite Hills High School $65,000 Weight Room