The Bolts present Holtville High School with a $35,000 Chargers Champions Grant.
Holtville High School got a very special visit from the Chargers last week when Chargers kicker, #2 Josh Lambo and defensive lineman, #92, Ryan Carrethers journeyed more than 120 miles to the City of Holtville, in Imperial County, for a Chargers Champion School Grant ceremony and all-school assembly.
Taking some time to visit a classroom and talk with students prior to the assembly, the players focused on the importance of school as a vehicle to help get through life.
"Football doesn't last forever", Carrethers told the students, "you have to finish school in order to have the things you need later in life and to be a success." The students, many of them on the school's football team, then asked questions of the players including their workout routines and what their diet consisted of in-season. "Lots of protein", Lambo said with a smile, "I don't run a lot like Ryan so I don't need all those carbs!"
Once inside the gymnasium, the all-school assembly began with a rousing school fight song and lots of Holtville Viking pride. The school's Principal, Mr. Magin, welcomed all the very special guests from Holtville including the City's Mayor, James Predmore, and then introduced the Chargers Director of Public Affairs and Corporate and Community Relations, Kimberley Layton, who began the ceremony.
As the players were introduced and entered the room the crowd erupted in cheers. The players spoke about their backgrounds and took questions from the students… then it was time for the official check ceremony.
"Congratulations to Mr. Magin and all the physical fitness staff here at Holtville who worked to create the winning grant application," said Kimberley Layton. "And on behalf of the Spanos family and the San Diego Chargers it is my absolute pleasure today to present Holtville High School with this check for $35,000!"
To end the event on an even higher note, Lambo and Carrethers then captained a hilarious relay race utilizing equipment donated through the Chargers Champions grant. In the end, Team Lambo beat out Team Carrethers, but both teams of students received autographed Chargers caps for their willingness to be part of the fun.
As the event ended and the bus pulled away from Holtville, it was clear to see that everyone had enjoyed themselves and the day's special activities