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Chargers Host Special Olympics Athletes at Training Camp

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On Monday morning, the Chargers welcomed 40 athletes from Special Olympics Southern California for a fun day at training camp.

The Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization that provides athletic and sports competition and training for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This specific branch currently serves about 34,000 people across Southern California and works to promote all the ways lives can be changed through the power of sports.  

"Today's a great example of that here," said Jeff Van Fossen, Assistant Vice President of Sports and Programs for the organization. "We are just introducing flag football this year, so this is very timely. It's perfect. Everyone here today is enjoying this great partnership with the Chargers."

Special Olympics athletes started the day by welcoming Chargers players onto the field with a special high-five tunnel, and then were able to watch practice from the VIP tent. They also got the chance to meet Chargers Legend Shawne Merriman, who was visiting camp as well.  After practice, athletes met current Bolts stars like Joey Bosa for autographs and pictures on the field.

While some athletes had specific players they couldn't wait to see, William Shelton was simply excited to be there.

"I like Philip Rivers, but I'm excited to see them all!"

Chargers Training Camp has kicked off! Click here for information on attending one of the several open practices between July 28 and August 23. To celebrate football being back, we're giving away two 2018 season tickets! Click here to enter for your chance to win.

Take a look through the top photos from Monday's practice as the Chargers continue into week two of camp.

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