For nearly two decades, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Spanos family have provided funds to improve educational institutions through the *Chargers Champions *program. Since being established in 2000, over $5 million has been provided to assist schools, teachers and students.
The Chargers Champions initiative allows public and private schools the chance to apply for badly-needed funding for physical fitness, nutrition or athletic programs on their campuses. Selected schools can earn grants of up to $75,000.
On Thursday, tight end Sean McGrath and former running back Hank Bauer were on hand for the grand opening of a brand new fitness room at Southwest High School, as well as a weight room at San Ysidro. Both were made possible via a grant from the *Chargers Champions *program.
"We are very excited to finally have a facility that the students of Southwest High School deserve," said Assistant Principal Bobby Bonilla, who also wrote the grant. "We are honored to have been selected as a Chargers Champions community grant recipient."
Here is a full list of the 2016 Chargers Champions School Grant Winners:
Southwest High School $75,000 New fitness room
San Ysidro High School $47,000 Refurbish weight room
Monroe Clark Middle School $37,000 Refurbish weight room
Pacific Beach Middle School $34,000 New indoor cycling program
Zamarano Elementary School $30,000 Learning lab, raiyard course
King-Chavez Athletic Academy $10,000 New Sqord Activity trackers
Joyner Elementary School $6,000 New P.E. equipment
Scripps Rancho High School $5,500 New football safety/training equipment
Sunset Hill Elementary School $3,000 New outdoor nutrition break tables
Richland Elementary School $2,500 New lap tracking system