It was a special day on Wednesday afternoon as 150 kids met Chargers Legends at the University of Redlands for a Play60 event, promoting 60 minutes of play a day, sponsored by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
All members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside participated in various football drills and activities with alumni including Raylee Johnson, while also learning about the importance of eating healthy and exercising.
And while of course it was fun for the kids, Johnson also had a blast.
"For me personally, I get to be young again for a couple hours, but most importantly, I get to spread the word to these kids of what's important as far as being healthy, eating healthy, exercising and setting goals in the future," he remarked. "I think it's important to always give back to the community. By giving back you get more back in return. That's why it's important to give so much to these little kids out here because it means so much to them in the future."
Mark Davis, Senior Vice President of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside, agreed with Johnson that this will definitely go down as a memorable day for all of the kids, but also for the greater community.
"When it comes down to kids and giving kids first time experiences, especially when you have the Chargers that come out and do things with the kids themselves, it means a lot," Davis said. "This is something the kids will remember for the rest of their life because of the fact that they've never had something like this that came out to the Inland Empire and brought such a wonderful experience for the kids being involved in football itself."
Take a look through the best photos from Wednesday's Play60 camp with San Manuel and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside.
The Chargers have extended their community reach to all parts of Southern California, and with a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs, are impacting the youngest members of these communities.
"We wouldn't be able to do our job if it wasn't for people in the community itself coming together to influence the kids in the communities that we serve," Davis said. "It's amazing when you look at it. I can only go by experience of the kids and the faces and the smiles that I see on the kids' faces today. The impact is great and it's going to go really, really far as far as what the Chargers are doing and what San Manuel is doing for Boys and Girls Clubs all together."
"We are proud to have partnered with the Los Angeles Chargers to bring this unique experience to the children of the Boys & Girls Club in the Inland Empire," added San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. "We are always so happy to be able to provide the children of our community these fun and interactive sports experiences."
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