As part of a multi-year partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Chargers are providing a capital investment to improve and enhance existing athletic fields and establish innovative new teen centers at the Watts/Willowbrook and Challengers Clubhouses, while also providing educational enrichment programming. Joining the Chargers in the establishment of the teen centers is Bob's Discount Furniture, who will be outfitting the facilities with new furniture.
"We are thrilled and honored to work with the Los Angeles Chargers and to be part of an exciting, community building partnership that supports the development of our next generation of leaders," BGCMLA CEO Calvin Lyons said. "Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro LA would like to extend our deepest thank you to the Chargers for their financial investment and for leveraging their contacts to extend our outreach to youth and families—Thank you!"
The Chargers' multi-pronged approach with this investment ensures that youth in some of the most consistently under-resourced neighborhoods in South Los Angeles will have access to safe, fun and educational gathering places – both after school and during the summer – where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path for success.
"Youth health and fitness are key community initiatives for the Chargers. This partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles is an example of corporate and community organizations working together to provide a safe environment for kids to exercise and play outdoors," said Dean Spanos, Chargers Controlling Owner and Chairman of the Board. "The Chargers and my family are committed to building healthy communities and supporting local youth to reach their full potential by helping under-resourced neighborhoods grow stronger and safer."
BGCMLA and the Chargers are working together to reverse the most negative trends facing our youth:
- 1-in-4 children live in poverty
- 1-in-4 students will drop out of high school
- Only half of all youth are in what is considered to be a healthy weight zone
A multi-year effort, the Chargers' $400,000 investment will be applied in two phases. Initial facility refurbishment and repair – phase one – will provide the foundation necessary to sustain BGCMLA programming for years to come. These facility enhancements will strengthen BGCMLA's ability to provide quality programs across their three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Phase two will seek to bolster the club's educational enrichment programming and create even more opportunity for youth in these underserved communities to lead safe, productive and healthy lives.