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Bolts Changing Students' Lives Through Chargers Champions Initiative

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

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