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Bolts Work For Tips to Give Back to San Diego

Charger players serve as celebrity waiters collecting "tips" to raise money for Star/Pal, a non-profit branch of the San Diego Police Department.

The San Diego Chargers put in work on Friday, but not how you may think.

On a designated off day, many players took part in a San Diego tradition by giving back at the 16th Annual STAR/PAL Celebrity Luncheon. The Bolts were among numerous VIPs who earned "tips" from attendees by serving as waiters, taking photos, signing autographs and more.

"To be completely honest with you, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but it's fun," said Dwight Lowery.  "There is a lot of good energy in here, and I'm willing to do whatever to help raise money.  I want to make people laugh, break a barrier and build bonds.  Being new to the community, it's good to get integrated.  It's a great experience, and I hope we're raising a lot for this community."

Lowery was joined by numerous teammates including Corey Liuget, Adrian Phillips, Jeff Cumberland and Chuka Ndulue as well as Chargers legend Nick Hardwick. Overall, they helped raise over $180,000 through the fun filled event.  

STAR/PAL's mission statement is to "empower underserved youth to build a safer and more prosperous neighborhood by engaging with law enforcement and collaborative partners."   It's a cause near and dear to Hardwick's heart.

"Anytime you have the opportunity to be involved with law enforcement, foundations and children at the same time, you have to do it," he said.  "STAR/PAL is such a tremendous organization reaching down to youth at such an early and important age.  It's a bond and a good relationship for years to come."

A staunch supporter during his stint as the Bolts Pro Bowl center, Hardwick was also proud to see many of the current players giving back during their off time

"As a former player, I love to see the current guys out serving the community.  Giving back and lending their name to an organization like STAR/PAL is helping raise a lot of money.  There are a lot of tables filled up in this auditorium to see those guys who are here.  It's so tremendous and valuable to lend their time."

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