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Chargers Provide Largest Privately-Funded Gifts to San Diego Schools

For the 17th consecutive year, the Spanos family and the San Diego Chargers are continuing their support for youth health and fitness by awarding $250,000 in Chargers Champions grants to San Diego County schools.

"Schools throughout California need our support," said President - Business Operations A.G. Spanos.  "The main goal of our program is to help provide students with the necessary means to live a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness."

Chargers Champions provides grants for new facilities and equipment to improve the physical fitness of students in San Diego County schools.

The following 10 schools received grants to improve physical fitness, athletic or nutrition programs on school campuses and will be honored on the field during the Chargers regular season home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Qualcomm Stadium.

Southwest High School, San Diego$75,000New weight room
San Ysidro High School, San Diego$47,000Refurbish weight room
Monroe Clark Middle School, San Diego$37,000Refurbish weight room
Pacific Beach Middle School, San Diego$34,000New indoor cycling program
Zamarano Elementary School, San Diego$30,000Learning lab, railyard course
King-Chavez Athletics Academy, San Diego$10,000New Sqord Activity trackers
Joyner Elementary School, San Diego$6,000New P.E. equipment
Scripps Rancho High School, San Diego$5,500New football safety/training equipment
Sunset Hill Elementary School, San Diego$3,000New outdoor nutrition break tables
Richland Elementary School, San Marcos$2,500New lap tracking system

The 2016 recipients were selected by the Chargers Champions Leadership Team, which is comprised of key business, community and educational leaders in San Diego County.

The Chargers Champions Leadership Team

Marilyn Brown, Vice President, Silberrad Inc.

Jim Esterbrooks, California Interscholastic Federation

Scott Giusti, Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics, San Diego Unified School District

Bill Johnston, Director of Public Relations, San Diego Chargers

Blake Miller, Vice President, Communications, Cymer

John Shacklett, High School Sports Association

A.G. Spanos, President - Business Operations, San Diego Chargers

Jodie Spanos, Former Management & Program Analyst, U.S. Dept. of Education

Bruce Ward, Retired Director Physical Education, Health & Athletics, San Diego Unified School District

Since the program's inception in 2000, the Spanos family has donated nearly $5.2 million to San Diego's schools and students through Chargers Champions. The program consistently provides more support for San Diego-area schools than any other individual or private company in San Diego County.

"Our Southwest High School community is honored that our San Diego Chargers have selected our school to be a recipient of this generous grant," Lee Romero, Principal at Southwest High School said.  "The money that our school will be receiving will provide our students with a state-of-the-art exercise facility that any school can be proud of."

Funds allocated to Chargers Champions are administered through the Chargers Community Foundation, the team's 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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