As football fans from across the nation flocked to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII last week, some very special families represented the Chargers.
During the holiday season, Corey Liuget, Chargers' defensive tackle and Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee and the American Heart Association hosted a shopping spree for 25 kids affected by a heart illness. Once the shopping ended, one of the young survivors in attendance – Chance Mitchell – was surprised by Liuget and the Chargers organization with two tickets and airfare/hotel accommodations at Super Bowl LIII.
"It was the most amazing experience I've ever had," said Mitchell. "The hotel was awesome. We had the best view ever, and Atlanta is really big!"
At the team's final home game of the 2018 season against the Ravens, the Chargers also presented Jonathan and Melissa Rackley with an identical Super Bowl experience. Before the surprise, Melissa was honored as the team's "Hometown Hero" for her part in saving six lives the night of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Acting quickly, Melissa ushered everyone near her into a small attic above the bar's ice machine where they stayed for over an hour until authorities arrived.
"Thank you to the Chargers organization for giving us the opportunity to enjoy such a magnificent production by the NFL and the city of Atlanta," Jonathan Rackley, Melissa's husband, said. "This will definitely be an experience that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thank you for honoring Melissa for her heroic actions."
The Chargers would like to thank their partner, Lyft, for helping make the families' trips even more memorable by providing free rides during their time in Atlanta.
"Every one of our Lyft drivers was courteous, and each one had an interesting and knowledgeable take on the city, which made each ride fun and enjoyable," said Rackley.