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Bolts Surprise Kids with Special Holiday Gift
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Keenan Allen has grown accustomed to eliciting huge cheers on a weekly basis.
Having delivered some of the top plays in the NFL this season, the resulting cheers for the Chargers rookie wideout at Qualcomm Stadium are near deafening.
While that response from the fans means the world to Allen, he said nothing compared to the wild jubilation of 180 second and third graders upon learning they were receiving brand new bikes.
“That was even better than at the stadium,” he said with a grin after it was announced that the children would receive the new bikes. “This is a lot of fun. It’s always great to give back to the kids that look up to us. We are just trying to give back. This is way better than anything else and puts a smile on your face.”
The school children at Marshall Elementary School were told they were entering an essay contest and that only a select few would win the grand prize. When it was announced that everyone would be receiving a brand new bike and a curtain was pulled back to reveal the gifts, the children went berserk.
“I was shocked,” said third grader Berrot. “I’m so happy that I am getting a bike and getting one from the Chargers.”
Allen wasn’t the only player in attendance. He was joined by King Dunlap, Thomas Keiser, Kendall Reyes, Marcus Gilchrist, Seyi Ajirotutu, Cam Thomas and Sean Lissemore. Each and every one of them said it was a blessing to participate in such a special event.
“This is very cool to be here surprising the kids,” said Ajirotutu. “They wrote very good essays and are deserving of this. The Chargers preach scholastics and give back a lot to the community. They help out whenever they can and we’re bringing a lot of smiles to kids’ faces.”
According to the school’s principal, Armando Faris, it was a day both the children and the faculty will never forget.
“It was an amazing day,” he said. “Every second and third grader got a bike and this is something they will all remember for a very long time. It’s very, very special because they worked toward writing an amazing essay, and seeing every single one of those kids get a bike was incredible. We truly appreciate the Chargers generosity and the time given by every single person in the organization.”