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San Diego Schools Benefit from Chargers Donations

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Chargers provide largest privately-funded gifts to San Diego schools.



The Spanos family and the San Diego Chargers continued their tradition of support for youth and health fitness by awarding nearly $250,000 in Chargers Champions grants to San Diego County schools.


“Schools throughout California need our support,” said A.G. Spanos, the Chargers’ executive vice president and chief executive officer.  “The main goal of our program is to provide students with the necessary means to live a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness.”

Chargers Champions
provides grants for new facilities and equipment to improve physical fitness of students in San Diego County schools.

This year’s Chargers Champions’ recipients will be honored on the field during Monday night’s game between the Chargers and the Texans at Qualcomm Stadium. The following six San Diego County schools received grants to improve physical fitness, athletic or nutrition programs on school campuses.


Clairemont High School, San Diego

$75,000         

New weight room; sand volleyball court

John Muir High School, San Diego

$45,000         

Fencing equipment; archery center

Wangenheim Middle School, Mira Mesa 

$40,000         

Indoor fitness center

Lincoln Elementary School, Escondido

$30,000         

Running Track

Nye Elementary School, San Diego

$30,000         

Peaceful Playground Program

Palmquist Elementary School, Oceanside

$25,000         

Running Track

 
Since the program’s inception in 2000, the Spanos family has donated more than $4.5 million to San Diego’s schools and students through Chargers Champions. The program consistently provides more support for San Diego-area schools than any other individual or private company in San Diego County.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have organizations like the San Diego Chargers step up to support education,” Dr. Randolph Ward said, the San Diego Superintendent of Schools. “By providing these resources, the Chargers are making a real difference in the lives of local children, not only today but in the future.”

The educational grants ranged in amounts from $75,000 to Clairemont High School to a $25,000 grant given Palmquist Elementary School.

Funds allocated to Chargers Champions are administered through the Chargers Community Foundation, the team’s 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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