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Chargers unveil weight room at Mission Bay HS

Posted Oct 29, 2013

More than $4.5 million in Chargers Champions grants awarded to schools since 2000.

Mission Bay High School and the San Diego Chargers jointly cut the ceremonial ribbon Tuesday and opened the school’s new $75,000 weight room, the 16th Chargers Champions weight room in San Diego County. The weight room was built with a grant awarded in 2012 by Chargers Champions, a program of the San Diego Chargers. 

Since the inception of the Chargers Champions program in 2000, the Spanos family has donated more than $4.5 million to San Diego’s schools and studentsThe program provides greater financial support for San Diego-area schools than any other private company in San Diego County. Including the 2013 round of grants, Chargers Champions has provided funds to 100 local schools.

“It’s no secret that juvenile obesity is a major problem in our nation right now,” A.G. Spanos, Chargers executive vice president and chief executive officer said. “We want kids to receive access to the best nutrition and fitness programs available, but schools can’t do it alone. They need support from the business community and we’re proud to be able to do our part through the Chargers Champions program.”

Chargers Champions
 makes a strong commitment to improving physical fitness in San Diego County schools by providing grants for new facilities and equipment.

“The Chargers made it possible to transform our weight room into a place that benefits all of our students and has become a source of pride for our school community,” Jorge Palacios, Athletic Director at Mission Bay H.S. said. “What was once an outdated, unused area has been turned into one of the centerpieces of our school and a resource our students use to develop a passion for lifelong fitness. I'd like to thank the Chargers and the Spanos family for their support of Mission Bay High School.”

This year, six San Diego-area schools received grants to improve physical fitness, athletic or nutrition programs. Project unveilings are expected to begin in 2014.

Chargers Champions “Class of 2013”

Clairemont High School, San Diego


New weight room; sand volleyball court

John Muir High School, San Diego


Fencing equipment; archery center

Wangenheim Middle School, Mira Mesa 


Indoor fitness center

Lincoln Elementary School, Southeast San Diego


Running Track

Nye Elementary School, Escondido


Peaceful Playground Program

Palmquist Elementary School, Oceanside


Running Track

Funds allocated to Chargers Champions are administered through the Chargers Community Foundation, the San Diego Chargers’ charitable foundation. The Foundation was established in 1995 by Dean and Alex Spanos to “help” San Diego build on its strengths by supporting individuals, activities and organizations that work to make the city a better place to live.

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