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Philip Rivers spends his Sundays making key decisions on the field. On Tuesday morning, he applied that skill to a different kind of challenge: helping children pick out a pair of new shoes.
Rivers and teammates Nick Hardwick, Larry English, Jacques Cesaire, Stephen Cooper, Kevin Burnett, Kris Dielman, Darren Sproles, James Holt and others spent their day off helping 1,000 deserving kids choose a new pair of shoes at the team’s 22nd-annual Back-to-School Shoe Distribution.
Like on game days, Rivers had a plan, particularly when he helped girls pick out a pair of shoes.
“I almost got that down pat with the girls I have at home,” Rivers said in reference to his four young daughters. “You can’t give them too many choices because they’ll never make a decision. You narrow it down to one or two or three and then you kind of steer them in the direction of which one to pick.”
Players greeted the kids at four different Payless ShoeSource locations around San Diego where they helped them pick shoes, signed autographs and posed for photos. School districts selected children from grades K-6 in each store area to participate.
Chargers President Dean Spanos and Payless ShoeSource provided funds for the shoes.
The kids weren’t the only ones grateful for the experience.
“I have been a part of the shoe drive since I was a rookie,” Cesaire said. “Seeing all of the kids smiling faces, just being happy brings me back each year. The shoes they get today probably will be their only pair the whole year. I can remember when I was a kid and my mom said, ‘Don’t go kicking rocks because those are the only shoes you’ll have all year.’ I always was excited to get that new pair. You can see the kids feel a sense of pride to get something brand new like I did when I was their age. I love helping these kids.”