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 $4 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 projects as various 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.
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
Lawrence Henry - Market President, Union Bank
John Shacklett - High School Sports Association
A.G. Spanos - Executive Vice President/Executive Officer, San Diego Chargers
John Spanos - Executive Vice President Football Operations, San Diego Chargers
Bruce Ward - San Diego Unified School District
Congratulations to our 2013 Chargers Champions School Grant Winners!
2013 Chargers Champions
|Clairemont High School||$75,000||New weight room; sand volleyball court|
|John Muir K-12 School
||Fencing equipment; archery center|
|Wangenheim Midde School
||$40,000||Indoor fitness center|
|Lincoln Elementary School
|Nye Elementary School
||Peaceful Playground Program|
|Palmquist Elementary School|| $25,000