Derwin James & Oakley Partner to Provide Free Vision Clinic
Safety Derwin James, Oakley, and Onesight teamed up to hold a free vision clinic for kids and families in Inglewood's Edward Vincent Jr. Park and offered custom prescription glasses on-site for anyone in need. Later, Derwin guided the kids through some light football drills and held a Q&A to share his story of reaching the NFL.
Chargers Hold Inaugural '11-On' Competition with Nike to Support Local High School Football
In partnership with Nike, the Chargers visited Long Beach Poly High school to host the first '11-On' competition, a program focused on both supporting young athletes in their sport and cultivating important life skills and leadership. Head coach Brandon Staley welcomed the attendees and all students received custom shirts from Nike and a pair of authentic gloves from the Chargers locker room.
Susie Spanos and Friends Cook for a Mission
Chargers owner Susie Spanos and Melissa's Produce brought together some very special guests, including LaDainian Tomlinson, Coach Staley, Rashawn Slater, Tim Allen, Jaleel White, Jet Tila and more, for a virtual cooking event to support The Midnight Mission's HomeLight Family Living Program in Inglewood.
These Dogs Need a Home!
The Bolts and Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar want to help you find your next superstar pup and help these undrafted "furry" free agents find their fur-ever home. Drafted to the 2021 Doggie Draft from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties partner shelters, learn more about this year's picks and follow the link the meet your #1 Doggie Draft pick.
Coach Staley Kicks off Bolt Academy With a Surprise for Students
The Chargers Impact Fund and Brotherhood Crusade opened Bolt Academy, an innovative career training and leadership program that gives students the opportunity to work at SoFi Stadium on game days. To kick things off, head coach Brandon Staley announced that everyone would be receiving Microsoft Surface laptops courtesy of SoFi.
Bolts Community Crew Gives Thanks to Frontline Workers
Members of the Bolts Community Crew Powered by Pacific Premier Bank, joined together to virtually write hundreds of thank you cards for the doctors, nurses, and staff at Hoag Hospital. These letters of gratitude and encouragement were distributed to those who have worked tirelessly this past year to keep our communities healthy and safe. Join the Bolts Community Crew today for access to future volunteer opportunities. Click here to learn more.
Join the Bolts Community Crew in Cleaning Up the LA River
Join the Bolts Community Crew, our friends at Pacific Premier Bank and Friends of the LA River to make an impact on the LA River, its watershed and beyond leading up to Earth Day 2021. Join the Bolts Community Crew today: https://chargers.rosterfy.com/register
Takeout Tuesday: Darrow's New Orleans Grill
For this week's Takeout Tuesday, we spotlight Darrow's New Orleans Grill. CEO/President Norwood J. Clark Jr.' is a Louisiana native and cooking is in his DNA. In 2016, he opened Darrow's New Orleans Grill, a fast-casual restaurant serving Cajun and Creole delicacies like catfish, gumbo, po'boys, jambalaya and more.
Bolts Continue Read Across America Day Tradition
In recognition of Read Across America day and Dr. Seuss' birthday, several Chargers players held virtual readings of "Oh The Places You'll Go" with students from Los Angeles as well as their own hometowns across America. This event also marked the culmination of the Chargers Impact Fund's First Downs for First Books program which raised $100 in books for every first down last season.
Chargers in the Community
The Los Angeles Chargers and the Chargers Impact Fund Bolt Up for our Southern California communities every day. In 2020, Bolt Up became more than a symbol or a phrase. It was a call to action, and a promise to our fans, neighbors and region. Thank you to all of the frontline workers, nonprofits, and community members for all their continuing hard work and sacrifice.
Takeout Tuesday: Earle's on Crenshaw
For this week's Takeout Tuesday, we introduce you to Earle's on Crenshaw where the Earle brothers have taken what was once a small hot dog cart and turned it into a full-fledged restaurant and catering operation, making them a fixture in the community for nearly four decades.
SoFi Donates $30,000 to Help Launch Bolt Academy
After every successful field goal and PAT scored at SoFi Stadium, SoFi donated $1,000 to supporting the launch of Bolt Academy, a careers training and leadership development program created by Brotherhood Crusade and the Chargers Impact Fund, to provide opportunities to work for the Chargers on game days at SoFi Stadium in 2021.
Next Generations: Joey Bosa and Alama Collins
All season long, current players have paid it forward by pairing up with Youth Football stars to break down each other's plays and discuss the game. In a special Pro Bowl Next Generations spotlight, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa sits down with Alama Collins of Long Beach Wilson High School. Collins is a senior defensive end who was named Defensive Player of the Year in his school district in 2019.
Join the Bolts Community Crew in Thanking Healthcare Workers
Join the Chargers, Pacific Premier Bank and star Running Back Austin Ekeler in saying "Thank You" by writing a letter for the doctors, nurses, and staff at Hoag Hospital who continue to work tirelessly to serve and keep members of our community safe. Join the Bolts Community Crew today: https://chargers.rosterfy.com/register
Hometown Hero: Keisha Daniels
For their final Hometown Hero of the 2020 NFL season, the Chargers honored Keisha Daniels for her work with Sisters of Watts, a nonprofit that's dedicated to serving underprivileged communities in Southern California, and especially for all her efforts through Sisters of Watts to provide relief to these communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Hometown Hero: Keith Johnson
The Chargers Honored Keith Johnson as their Hometown Hero in Week 12. Born and raised in South LA, Keith Graduated from Locke High School and attended UCLA and Biola University to study ministry. He created a sports-based youth development program, Falcons Youth and Family Services with a focus Hunger relief, character development, and health and wellness. Do you know someone making a positive impact in the community? Click here to nominate them to be our next hometown hero.
Hometown Hero: Battalion Chief Eddie Sell
The Chargers Honored Battalion Chief Eddie Sell as their Hometown Hero in Week 11. Eddie has served on the Long Beach Firefighters Association as a director and now volunteers as a Southern Director for CSFA. Eddie has responded to large scale incidents throughout his career including wildfires, high-rise fires, civil unrest, mass casualty incidents, technical rescues, hazardous materials incidents, and the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected our world.
Hometown Hero: Jamal Ali
The Chargers honored Merging Vets & Players (MVP) member, Jamal Ali as their Hometown Hero in Week 10 for his volunteer work alongside fellow veterans on programs supporting rescue animals, promoting mental health awareness, and using physical activities such as surfing as a way to stay connected to the veteran community.
Chargers Sign Panamanian Boy Fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma to a One-Day Contract
The Bolts signed Aldahir Solís, a 14-year old boy from Panama battling Hodgkins lymphoma, to a special one-day contract with the team. They also surprised him with tickets to a Chargers game courtesy of his favorite player, Keenan Allen.
Bolts Co-Sponsor E-Sports Tournament with Compton Unified School District
The Chargers partnered with Compton Unified School District to host an e-sports tournament between four CUSD high schools to promote interest in STEM careers. The winning team from Compton High School was awarded free tickets to the Bolts' Week 15 matchup against the Minnesota, as well as several other prizes that encouraged the pursuit of jobs in the science and technology field.
Bolts Build Care Packages for Military Through Operation Gratitude
The Bolts staff, Charger Girls, and active duty military members worked together to assemble care packages of supplies for troops serving overseas in partnership with Operation Gratitude and LA Bolts Brigade. As part of the event, LA Bolts Brigade president Ed Duran was surprised with tickets to Super Bowl LIV for his service to the Chargers organization.
Bolts Promote Active Lifestyle Through Jr. Chargers Training Camp
The Los Angeles Chargers teamed up with California Resources Corporation, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to host a Fútbol Americano 101 Jr. Training Camp for students at Belvedere Middle School in East Los Angeles. Former Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason and the Charger Girls taught kids NFL-style drills and showed them how to be active and healthy after school.
Bolts Help Donate 37,000 Pounds of Food to Local Community
The Chargers partnered with the LA Regional Food Bank, Tyson Foods, and Albertsons Companies to provide 37,000 pounds of chicken to local churches and food banks to aid in reducing food insecurity within the greater Los Angeles community as part of Hunger Action Month.
Chargers Host Fútbol Americano 101 Jr. Training Camp
The Los Angeles Chargers teamed up with California Resources Corporation, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles and the Montebello Unified School District to host a Fútbol Americano 101 Jr. Training Camp to students at Bell Gardens Intermediate School. Former Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason and the Charger Girls attended our event teaching kids NFL-style drills & showing them how to be healthy & active!
Chargers Help Make Dream Come True for Henry Wat
Henry Wat was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 6 years old. The Chargers invited Henry and his family to a training camp practice and the preseason game against the Saints to help him meet his Chargers QB idols: Philip Rivers and Dan Fouts.
Thomas Davis Fulfills Passion of Giving Back Through His Foundation
Giving back to the community means a lot to the veteran linebacker who's foundation, the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundations, helps those struggling in their communities throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and now Los Angeles.