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Bolts Bond for a Good Cause at Inaugural Chargers Invitational

OTAs kick off tomorrow at Hoag Performance Center.

But first, the Bolts hit the links at the Riviera Country Club for a good cause in the inaugural Los Angeles Chargers Invitational. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chargers Community Foundation and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

"It means a lot (to be here)," said Head Coach Anthony Lynn. "Just to bring the whole team and organization out here, to get away from football, be together in L.A. I think is special.  And then why we're here.  We're raising money for the Children's Hospital and the Chargers organization for all the charities we give to.  I can't think of a better reason to be out here today than raising money for a great cause."

Of course, the outing also served as the perfect bonding event prior to the start of OTAs as nearly the entire team was in attendance.

"I think any time you can get the guys away from camp, socialize with them and hang out, I think it's good," Lynn added. "It's good for our relationships.  It's good for our guys to know we care about them other than when they are just on the football field."

A number of players and coaches including Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry, Keenan Allen and more played a full 18 holes.  Celebrities and notable alumni were also in attendance, including Hall of Famers LaDainian Tomlinson and Charlie Joiner.

Meanwhile, a highlight of the day took place on the putting green early in the morning. The entire team took part in a friendly competition of closest to the pin…with some Chargers being exposed for their lack of golf skills.

Perhaps no one drew more laughs than Denzel Perryman.  Let's just say the linebacker wouldn't be trading in the gridiron for a five-iron any time soon.

"Oh, I was definitely the worst out there," he said with a laugh. 

Perryman then took out a miniature putting machine from a white plastic bag.

"They ended up giving me this to help me learn!"

Despite his struggles on the green, Perryman was grateful to bond with his teammates while helping out the pair of foundations.

"This is great.  Right now we're competing in golfing, and tomorrow we'll be out there in competition at a whole other level.  But to be here, especially for a good cause, it's great.  I've got kids of my own, so I love being able to do this."

"This is a good thing for all of us to bond together," added Casey Hayward.  "It's good because different groups get to hang out with others than just their positions.  It can be like that sometimes with (meetings).  It's great that we can come out here and laugh.  To see who can golf and who can't, and then talk trash about them!  But really, the best part about it is that it's all for charity.  We try to give back as much as we can."

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