The upcoming season promises to be an exciting time both on and off the field for the San Diego Chargers. The team is fortunate to have an outstanding group of players who are leaders in the community and are committed to helping all of San Diego. These players have taken the team's desire to be a strong community partner to the next level and the Chargers are extremely proud of their dedication and initiative. Many players have gone the extra step by donating time and money to participate in the Chargers annual Community Corner program, purchasing season tickets for charity. Thanks to their contributions and a generous donation from Chargers' President Dean Spanos approximately 2,000 tickets will be donated to youth organizations in San Diego County. Each participant receives a ticket to the game and a free hot dog & soda courtesy the San Diego Chargers.
To request participation in the Community Corner program, please send an official written request to:
San Diego Chargers
Community Corner Request
4020 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92123
When organizing your letter please use the following policies and guidelines:
Emails and faxes will not be accepted, No phone calls please.
A special thanks to the Chargers players participating in the 2013 Community Corner!
Philip Rivers is an amazing leader both on and off the field. The Chargers’ gunslinger is very active in the San Diego community, participating year after year in charity events such as the Adoption Calendar and Payless Shoe Drive. Rivers finds it important to give children a chance to experience the fun of professional football in person, which is why he has participated in the Community Corner program every year since joining the Chargers.
Antonio Gates is perhaps the best tight end the game has ever seen. Entering his 11th season, Gates continues to make an equally big impact in the community. The former Kent State basketball standout works locally with hundreds of children each year to promote a healthy lifestyle and fight childhood obesity and has even been featured on NBC’s Biggest Loser. This season, Gates Community Corner tickets will provide kids with the opportunity to attend a Chargers football game for the first time as he works with organizations dealing with underprivileged children.
Determined to bounce back from a season of unfortunate injuries, running back Ryan Mathews is looking to return to pro bowl form in 2013. A Chargers fan all his life, Mathews is relishing the opportunity to step up his production in the San Diego Community as well. Ryan and mother Tricia founded the Tricia and Ryan Mathews Door of Hope Chest, and partnered with the Salvation Army to assist homeless women and children transition to independent living. This will be Ryan’s fourth straight season participating in the Community Corner, donating his 24 tickets to various youth groups.
Chargers wide receiver Malcolm Floyd joined the Chargers as an undrafted rookie out of Wyoming in 2004. After working his way up from the practice squad, he has become one of the most reliable targets for Quarterback Philip Rivers. Floyd’s steady play and tireless work ethic have earned him the respect of his teammates and this past season they voted him “Offensive Player of the Year”. He has translated his feats on the field into success in the community by donating his time and resources to various programs throughout San Diego. This is Malcolm’s fourth year participating in the Community Corner program and he will once again be donating his tickets each week to the Lincoln High School Football Team.
Mike Scifres is one of the top punters in the NFL. Now in his 11th season, Mike continues to play a positive role in the community as a mentor and as a spokesperson for Ronald McDonald House which provides a home away from home for families with children at Rady Children’s Hospital. Scifres is a regular visitor at military bases and supports youth organizations working to improve children’s lives. Scifres has selected California Police Youth Charities to utilize his donated Community Corner tickets in 2013.
Exploding onto the scene in just his second NFL season, Corey Liuget solidified himself as one of the top defensive lineman in the league in 2012, recording 51 tackles with 7 sacks and 9 passes deflected. Although the 2011 first round draft pick is among the youngest on the team, Liuget has already started dedicating his time to the San Diego community. His community resume includes Play 60 camps, Bikes 4 Kids, Star/Pal Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, and many more. Coaches and fans alike love Liuget’s toughness, tenacity and relentless approach to the game. He will look to expand on his breakout year and is sure to gain some well-deserved recognition around the NFL.
Donald Butler and Jarret Johnson
This dynamic line backing duo hopes to infuse veteran leadership into a young, but powerful defense. Butler and Johnson have teamed up to purchase 10 tickets for the Community Corner program, donating them each week to JUMA – a youth development program that helps break the cycle of poverty by ensuring that young people complete a four-year college degree. Donald and Jarret will certainly be cornerstones in an exciting line backing core that added both pass rusher extraordinaire Dwight Freeney, and stud rookie Manti Te’o. Look for them this season making tackles on Sunday and smiles in the community.
Kendall Reyes w/ AFE
Emerging into the starting lineup in his rookie season last year, Kendall Reyes wasted no time making his presence known. The 2012 second round draft pick out of UConn will join the Community Corner in association with Athletes for Education to supply 44 tickets to the program. Kendall is very active in the community, donating his time to Boys & Girls clubs as well as weekly visits to feed the homeless. Look for Reyes all around San Diego in 2013 and be sure to keep an eye on that #91 jersey on the field this season.
The Chargers added Freeney, the seven-time pro-bowler, this past offseason after signing him to a two year contract. He brings a strong community presence, veteran leadership, as well as 107.5 career sacks. Freeney hopes to improve the quality of life and help foster healthier living in underserved communities though the Dwight Freeney Foundation, and he’ll certainly start off on the right foot in San Diego by joining the Community Corner program and donating his 25 tickets between After School All-Stars and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego.
Jeromey Clary, Chad Rinehart and Rich Ohrnberger
The Chargers Offensive Line has undergone major changes this offseason, combining a mix of quality veterans and fresh new talent in 1st round draft pick D.J. Fluker. While Clary is adjusting to his new position at guard for the Chargers, Rinehart and Ohrnberger were acquired through free agency and have brought invaluable experience to the Offensive Line. Off the field they have also joined forces to support the Community Corner program and will be donating tickets this season to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of San Diego County.