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
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A special thanks to the Chargers players participating in the 2014 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 and supporting programs that specifically assist foster children. Rivers also 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 12th 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.
In 2014, Ryan Mathews is looking to have a high scoring season and return to the Pro Bowl. 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 fifth 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 a reliable target for Quarterback Philip Rivers. Floyd’s steady play and tireless work ethic have earned him the respect of his teammates. 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 fifth 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.
Kendall Reyes/Corey Liuget and AFE
Corey Liuget, drafted in the first round by the Chargers in 2011, is joining his teammate Kendall Reyes, the Chargers second round draft pick in 2012, in supporting the Community Corner again this season in association with Athletes for Education. Kendall supported them last season and Corey is joining him this year to provide more than 50 tickets to each game for children in AFE’s programming. Both Corey and Kendall have shown the same leadership off the field as they do on it, participating in numerous community events including Chargers Play 60 camps, Bikes 4 Kids, the annual Star/Pal Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, and many more.
In his second season with the Chargers, seven-time pro-bowler Dwight Freeney continues to bring a strong community presence, veteran leadership, as well as 108 career sacks. Although he suffered a season-ending quad injury last year, the pass rushing terror is once again healthy and ready to get back to work. Freeney hopes to improve the quality of life and help foster healthier living in underserved communities through the Dwight Freeney Foundation, and he’ll once again be providing 25 tickets in the Community Corner program to After School All-Stars.
The Chargers added yet another variable to their already potent rushing attack this offseason by signing Donald Brown, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts. The running back out of the University of Connecticut is coming off a career year in which he average an amazing 5.3 yards per carry. Brown takes a great amount of pride in being active in the community. He enjoys making regular visits to Children’s Hospital, and also stresses the importance that a good education can play in a young person’s life. Donald Brown will be joining the Chargers Community Corner program by donating his tickets each week to Wounded Warriors and inner-city education programs.
Most fans recognize this dynamic linebacker from his clutch plays in last season’s playoffs. However, Butler is also a dynamic role model to young teens in San Diego, as he is once again supplying Community Corner tickets 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 will certainly continue to be a cornerstone on the defense as the team rewarded him this offseason with a 7 year contract. Look for Butler this season making tackles on Sunday and smiles in the community.
Mike Scifres is one of the top punters in the NFL. Now in his 12th 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.
Jeromey Clary, Chad Rinehart and Rich Ohrnberger
The Chargers Offensive Line is extremely fortunate to have retained quality veterans like Jeromy Clary, Chad Rinehart and Rich Ohrnberger after last year’s playoff run. Clary proved his selflessness and versatility by switching to Guard last season, Ohrnberger was re-signed after a brilliant job filling in at Center in the team’s playoff win at Cincinnati, and Rinehart also earned a 2-year contract after starting at Guard for a majority of the games in 2013. Off the field these maulers have joined forces to support the Community Corner program and will be donating tickets this season to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of San Diego County.
Danny Woodhead completely embodies the phrase: “Dynamite comes in small packages.” Frequently knocked for his size and rarely praised for his playmaking ability, the former Division II running back from Chadron State has always played with a chip on his shoulder. In his first year as a Charger, Woodhead surpassed 1,000 total yards and recorded 8 touchdowns, while setting personal bests in nearly every other stat category. Chargers fans are hoping he’ll do the same this year, as the humble, jack-of-all-trades running back will be donating his 2014 Community Corner tickets to various teen youth groups.