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About Take Charge

The Los Angeles Chargers TAKE CHARGE Character and Leadership Program is an annual event aimed at shaping high school football players across Southern California into a better leader both on and off the football field. By utilizing a service project accountability system as well as an open forum discussion featuring a variety of presenters and speakers, these young student-athletes will learn the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions, being a role model for those who look up to them, and treating others with respect.

Program Steps

To complete the program, participants must first attend a 4-hour Summit event held at the Los Angeles Chargers training facility. At this summit, participants will be led through elements directly from the NFL Player Engagement's Prep "Character Development" curriculum. These elements include:

  • Goal Setting
  • Leadership/Sportsmanship
  • Social Media Awareness
  • Nutrition, Health & Wellness
  • Community Service
  • Healthy Relationships

In order to ultimately complete the TAKE CHARGE program, participants will also be responsible for organizing a team service project to benefit their school or community before the fall football season.

Due to the covid pandemic, the Los Angeles Chargers have created a series of pre-recorded Zoom video discussions on core Take Charge principles. Select local high school football teams participated in live Q&As with Chargers front office professionals such as athletic trainers, scouting and more.

Chargers Equipment Managers talk Teamwork and Accountability

Chargers Head Athletic Trainer Damon Mitchell talk Injury Prevention and Recovery

Chargers Director of Player Personnel JoJo Wooden talks Character

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