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Chargers Community Foundation
Founded by the Spanos family in 1995 to supplement the efforts of the team’s Community Relations Department, the Chargers Community Foundation has led the way in honoring volunteers, assisting youth sports, and helping critical causes important to the region. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $11 million in direct community assistance. Specifically, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants to schools for athletic equipment and physical fitness programming; provided hundreds of thousands in funding to high school athletic programs through the annual Coach of the Week Program; and provided millions of dollars in assistance when disaster has struck, including more than $750,000 this past year to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey and the Southern California wildfires.
Created To Make A Difference:
Chargers Champions, the Foundation's largest program, annually provides grants for badly needed physical fitness, athletic and nutrition programs in schools. This past year, the program reached two significant milestones passing the $5 million dollar mark in providing assistance to area students, teachers and schools AND awarding its 125th school grant into the community.
Through the Foundation’s annual Coach of the Week Program, the Chargers, each week, during the high school football season, select one local head football coach and award a $1,500 grant for use by their school’s athletic department. More than $200,000 has been awarded locally since this program began 17 years ago.
Thanks to these and other programs run by the Chargers Community Foundation, numerous schools and organizations like Make-A-Wish, Rady Children's Hospital, Bikes for Kids, the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure receive thousands of dollars to support their critical on-going efforts.