The Bolts hosted 20 Wounded Warriors at Chargers Park today. The visit included a tour of the entire complex, including the locker room, equipment room and weight room. Then they watched the end of practice before mingling with the players, taking photos and getting autographs. Finally, the Chargers’ guests ended the day by eating lunch in the tent along with the team.
“I think it’s great for them to come out here, and for us it was a chance to really thank them for what they do for us and what they’ve done in the past,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “It was a great opportunity for the players to meet them and for them to meet us.”
The event is just one of many the Bolts have planned as part of their annual Salute to Service. The team will continue to honor the military and veterans on Sunday in their game against the Denver Broncos. But the visit on Thursday was special to the team, as
“It was awesome,” he said. “There’s nothing better than getting to spend some time with them and giving them our thanks. It was great to show our appreciation for keeping us safe and able to live, allowing us to do what we do every day. There is not a better day than to come out here and getting to spend time with them. So it’s meaningful to get to spend the day with them and give them an opportunity to have some fun and forget some troubles they may have in their personal lives.”
“I think it puts everything in perspective,” he said. “We’re coming off a tough loss, and I know it was tough and everyone is asking us ‘How will the Chargers respond?’ Then you see these guys and it puts everything in perspective. I say this respectfully because there is a lot of importance in what we do, but when you see what these guys sacrifice it puts things in perspective real quick. It was a small thing for us to say thank you, and it was a good experience.”
While this may have seemed a small token of appreciation to the Chargers, it certainly had a major impact on the Wounded Warriors themselves.
“Very few could say they came to (a Chargers) practice and their gym,” said Geoffrey Quevevo, one of the guests in attendance. “It’s not something that comes by that often. Yeah, you can go to a game, but you’re not this close…It’s pretty cool to know that we’re still appreciated and we’re not forgotten.”