Tuesday is the players' day off, but members of the Chargers' 2018 rookie class spent the morning hosting the first official Play 60 Junior Chargers Training Camp presented by Health Net at Worthington Elementary School in Inglewood.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts was on hand to kick off the event. Along with volunteers from the Inglewood Police Department, the Chargers players ran various positional drills and discussed the importance of getting 60 minutes of play a day with the over 200 kids who attended the event.
"It means a lot to get these kids active and (to) get these kids to do this (camp) means a great deal," said Brandon Facyson. "We're having a great time out here supporting this and watching these kids run around, have fun and running through the drills. I think they're having a great time."
"Most kids don't really have a place they can go to play or some schools don't offer opportunities like this for kids to go out there and play and have fun and be kids," added Uchenna Nwosu. "So to be able to be part of this organization that does provide that to those kids, it's great. It's very rewarding."
Inglewood will be home for the Bolts in 2020, so holding the event in the city carried special meaning for the community. Worthington principal Miguel Perez was thrilled to have the Chargers making an impact in the city he calls home, as well.
"Everything the Chargers are bringing to us, all the joy in the community and the unity of community, that's (an) important thing," Perez said. "We're all Chargers fans. It's our home, it's our heart, it's our community. We're all one. We're family and we're glad to have the Chargers on board."
For kids at Worthington, Tuesday was a special day, but for the rookies, it was even more memorable. Now that they're in the NFL, they know their responsibilities extend beyond what happens between the white lines. That's why they were happy to use their platform and impact kids' lives for the better.
"I feel like it means everything to those kids, just being a positive role model," mentioned Derwin James. "It's a lot of stuff that can lead them in the wrong way, but I (aim to be) a positive role model and a guy that you can look up to."
Bolts rookies joined members of the Inglewood Police Department in hosting a Play 60 Junior Chargers Training Camp at Worthington Elementary School in Inglewood.