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Chargers Continue Seau’s Holiday Tradition

Posted Dec 4, 2013

The San Diego Chargers showed up in support of the Junior Seau Foundation's 19th Annual Shop with a Jock event.


Junior Seau had a strong affinity for giving back to the community, and one of his favorite events was his annual Shop with a Jock program.  In it, 250 kids from local Boys and Girls Clubs around San Diego pair up with athletes from around the city for a shopping spree at the Target in Mission Valley.  Each child is given a 100 dollar gift card from the Junior Seau Foundation, Marshall Falk Foundation and Target to shop for their family members.

On Monday, the Chargers continued his rich tradition by participating in the 19th annual Shop with a Jock event.

“This means a lot to keep the event alive,” said Manti Te'o. “Junior means a lot to this community and for us to be a part of this and continue on his legacy in any way we can is a special thing.”

In addition to Te’o, other Chargers’ in attendance included the likes of Donald Butler, Jarret Johnson, Corey Liuget, Melvin Ingram, Thomas Keiser, Mike Scifres and Adrian Robinson as well as alumni such as Jacques Cesaire, Dave Binn, Hank Bauer, Darren Bennett and more.They too relished the opportunity to keep Seau’s legacy alive by giving back to needy children.

“This is an awesome opportunity to come here and spend time with these kids,” said Keiser.  “It’s also great to support the Junior Seau Foundation.  He was one of the greatest Chargers of all time, so this is an overall great opportunity to help out kids, especially around Christmas time. “

Liuget has been participating in the Shop with a Jock event each year he has been in San Diego, with Monday marking his third go-round.  It’s one he looks forward to each time December rolls around.

“It’s great to give back to the kids in this way,” he said. “It’s awesome.  These are the things in the community that further opportunities in life.”

The 250 children who got the chance to shop with members of the Chargers, Padres, San Diego State Aztec teams and more said it was an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.

“It’s so cool you can’t describe it!” said 12-year old Nicholas, who was partnered up with Te’o. “You get 100 dollars and you get to go shopping with a football player in the NFL.  That’s pretty cool!”


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