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Chargers Award $10,000 NFL Play 60 Grant

Posted Nov 19, 2013

The Chargers awarded a $10,000 NFL Play 60 Grant to Hillsdale Middle School in El Cajon.


Each Tuesday during the season, the Chargers can be found throughout San Diego giving back to the community.

That was the case today when six Bolts visited Hillsdale Middle School in El Cajon, who the team honored as an NFL Play 60 Super School.

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Derek Cox, Corey Liuget, Rich Ohrnberger, Kendall Reyes, Darrell Stuckey and Cam Thomas were on hand to award the school $10,000 in grant money for health and wellness programming and equipment.  While the event was a once in a lifetime event for most of the students, it was a morning the Chargers in attendance won’t forget either.

“This is great to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they see us,” said Liuget.  “They look up to us and idolize us.  We are just human beings also, but to just see those kid’s faces light up and see them happy, it was great… It’s a big statement for us to give back to the community (on behalf) of the Chargers organization.”

Earlier this year, through the Back to Football campaign, schools were encouraged to participate in the NFL Play 60 SuperSchool contest and submit three essays explaining how they planned to show their NFL team pride and incorporate football into their lesson plans.  The schools were asked to demonstrate their commitment to youth health and wellness by submitting essays on their school’s game plan for teaching students the importance of physical education and nutrition.

“We are completely honored to be awarded this grant from the NFL and to have the Chargers represent the NFL in presenting this to us,” said the school’s principal, Marietta Minjares. “It’s quite an honor.  I know that my students will remember this day for their lifetime.  They remember anything when they have the opportunity to meet someone as important as the Chargers and those who represent San Diego.

The six Chargers arrived on an NFL Play 60 bus and were greeted by cheering students.  They then held an assembly, answering questions from students and encouraging an active lifestyle.  Afterward, they hosted an NFL Play 60 Ultimate Physical Education class outside with select students.

“This is important for kids to get outside for at least 60 minutes a day and play around,” said Stuckey.  “In today’s world we have so many distractions from actually doing physical activity. So (we want) to get them away from their video games, their computer and their phones to get them outside and play around for at least 60 minutes.”


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