The San Diego Chargers and their Chargers Champions program provided Washington Middle School with a $22,000 grant last week, subsidizing a new aquatic fitness program for the school’s 750 students. The funds were used to purchase a variety of equipment, including water polo nets and balls, water weights, diving rings, kickboards, and water basketball hoops.
“Many students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and don’t have access to pools, water equipment or water safety programs in general,” said Eric Chagala, principal at Washington Middle School. “By having the pool equipment, we’re able to make students’ water safe and help build their health, tie it into areas of nutrition and get kids really excited about being active and having healthy lifestyles.”
At the grant presentation, Chargers safety