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Chargers Champions Unveil New Weight Room at Sweetwater High School

Thanks to a $63,000 grant from Chargers Champions, Sweetwater High unveiled a new weight room.

Sweetwater High School and the San Diego Chargers jointly cut the ceremonial ribbon Tuesday and opened the school's new weight room. The weight room was built with a $63,000 grant awarded in 2015 by Chargers Champions, a program of the San Diego Chargers. Along with the weight room, the grant helped with the purchase of much-needed football equipment.

Since the inception of the Chargers Champions program in 2000, the Spanos family has donated more than $5 million to San Diego's schools and students. The program provides greater financial support for San Diego-area schools than any other private company in San Diego County. The program has benefitted more than 100 local schools

"We want kids to receive access to the best nutrition and fitness programs available, but schools can't do it alone," said Chargers President-Business Operations A.G. Spanos. "They need support from the business community and we're proud to be able to do our part through the Chargers Champions program."

Chargers Champions is committed to improving physical fitness in San Diego County schools by providing grants for new facilities and equipment.

"The Chargers grant is a great contribution to the Sweetwater High School weight room," said Sweetwater High School Principal Maribel Gavin. "We were able to purchase equipment that has enhanced the ability for students to practice a healthy lifestyle which also contributes to their academic growth.  We believe students need to be fit and healthy in order to be able to make even bigger academic gains and the Charger grant has definitely helped Sweetwater High move in that direction."

The Chargers Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Chargers Champions School Grant Program.  Applications can be accessed here and must be postmarked by Friday, April 22, 2016.

In 2015, seven San Diego County schools received grants to improve physical fitness, athletic or nutrition programs on school campuses. 

Granite Hills High School$65,000Weight Room
Sweetwater High School$63,000Weight room and football equipment
DePortola Middle School$40,000Rock wall & fitness equipment
Laurel Elementary School$30,000Running track
Gage Elementary School$26,000Neuronasium and fitness equipment
San Elijo Middle School$16,000Patch Course
Porter Elementary School$10,000Fitness Equipment

Funds allocated to Chargers Champions are administered through the Chargers Community Foundation, the San Diego Chargers' charitable foundation. The Foundation was established in 1995 by Dean and Alex Spanos to help San Diego build on its strengths by supporting individuals, activities and organizations that work to make the city a better place to live.

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