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Chargers Donation Aids School's Fitness Program

Posted Apr 26, 2014

The Bolts issued a $22,000 grant via the Chargers Champions program.

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.

Chargers Champions, a program of the Chargers Community Foundation, is committed to improving physical fitness in San Diego County schools by providing grants for new facilities and equipment. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the Spanos family has donated more than $4.75 Million to San Diego’s schools and students.

“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 Brandon Taylor talked to the students and emphasized the value of exercise and staying fit.
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