It may be the offseason, but that doesn’t stop the Los Angeles Chargers from giving back to the community.
On Friday, in conjunction with TeamSmile and BIOLASE, the Bolts held their seventh clinic providing free dental assessments and care to 300 underserved students from Los Angeles Unified School District.
“The partnership with the Chargers is amazing,” remarked Nathan Cardenas, Marketing Communications Specialist at BIOLASE. “We’re trying to do more community outreach…and seeing the Chargers and all the good that the (team) does, we wanted to tag along as well. As soon as (the kids) saw the players, their eyes just brightened up and they got super excited about dentistry.”
“The Chargers are so involved in every single step (of the process),” said Jane Geiger, Program Manager for TeamSmile. “Whether that’s finding schools or helping us unload trucks, they’re great.”
What is normally the Stadium Club at Dignity Health Sports Park was anything but on Friday. The space was transformed into a full-service dental office jam-packed with X-ray stations and patient chairs. To make the experience more exciting and enjoyable, once the kids got their dental work complete, they got to partake in a dance party on the patio with a DJ playing fun music.
But that wasn’t all. The kids also got to meet a few Chargers players like Geremy Davis, Nick Dzubnar and Justin Jackson, who helped them get through the daunting process of dental work.
“The same dentist that I come to is doing stuff here!” said Dzubnar. “It’s really cool to come here and help the kids out. I know it (can be) scary for some of them, so if we’re able to put a smile on their face, it’s great.”
“All the kids seemed really confident,” Davis added. “I saw a few were nervous so I tried to go over to them and do the best I can to make them feel better. They got out of the chair pretty excited, so it was awesome.”
As previously stated, no matter what time of the season or offseason it is, making a positive impact in the community is a year-round commitment for the Chargers. This is the second time in 2019 the team has held an event like this, further showing their commitment to giving back, and as Cardenas attested, becoming “a role model for all sports teams (in the community).”
The Bolts partnered with Biolase in their seventh TeamSmile event offering preventive dental services to over 300 students from Los Angeles Unified School District.