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Chargers Champions Offering Grants to Local Schools

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Chargers Champions offering $250,000 in grants to local schools for physical fitness, nutrition and athletic programs.

The Chargers Community Foundation is offering $250,000 in grants to deserving San Diego-area schools. Applications for the Chargers Champions School Grant Program can be accessed on Chargers.com (http://www.chargers.com/community/champions.html) and must be postmarked by Friday, May 3.

Chargers Champions makes a strong commitment to San Diego County schools by providing grants for much-needed physical fitness, nutrition and athletic programs. Selected high schools are eligible to receive grants of up to $75,000; middle schools up to $40,000; and elementary schools up to $30,000.

Chargers Champions consistently provides more support for schools than any other private company in the county. In 13 years, 95 schools have received funding for projects ranging from outdoor fitness trails, weight rooms, running tracks or fitness equipment.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have organizations like the San Diego Chargers step up to support education,” said Dr. Randolph Ward, the San Diego Superintendent of Schools. “By providing these resources, the Chargers are making a real difference in the lives of local children, not only today but in the future.”

Last year, nine San Diego County schools received grants to improve physical fitness, athletic or nutrition programs on school campuses. They included:

Helix High School


New weight room

Mission Bay High School


New weight room

Diegueno Middle School 


Outdoor fitness center

Washington Middle School


Aquatics equipment

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School


Running track

Del Rio Elementary School


Fitness equipment

Cajon Park Elementary School


Sports equipment/running track

Ross Elementary School


Fitness equipment

Valley Center High School


Body Composition Analyzers

“Schools throughout California need our support,” Chargers President Dean Spanos said.  “The main goal of our program is to provide students in San Diego with the necessary means to living a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness.”           

Funds allocated to Chargers Champions are administered through the Chargers Community Foundation, the San Diego Chargers’ charitable foundation. The Foundation was established in 1995 by Dean and Alex Spanos to “help” San Diego build on its strengths by supporting individuals, activities and organizations that work to make the city a better place to live.


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