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Chargers give shoes for school

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Casey Pearce
    Posted Sep 29, 2009

    Roughly 1,000 young San Diegans will show off a new pair of shoes when they get to school Wednesday thanks to the generosity of the Chargers and Payless ShoeSource, who together celebrated the 21st-annual Back-to-School Shoe Distribution Tuesday.

    Every Sunday, Philip Rivers[​IMG] faces the difficult task of choosing which of his talented receivers to throw to. Tuesday morning he tried to help some young San Diegans make a difficult decision of their own: pink or purple?
    Rivers, along with teammates such as LaDainian Tomlinson[​IMG], Shaun Phillips[​IMG], Larry English[​IMG], Luis Castillo[​IMG], Eric Weddle[​IMG] and 25 others, spent their morning helping nearly 1,000 youngsters select a new pair of shoes through the 21st-annual Back-to-School Shoe Distribution.
    “This is something that the Chargers have been a part of and done for many years.” Rivers said. “Just to help the kids out in the community and see the smiles on their faces, it’s something that takes little of our time and really means a lot to them.”

    Groups of Chargers players attended four Payless ShoeSource locations around San Diego where they mingled with kids, signed autographs and helped them pick out a new pair of shoes. The most deserving children from grades K-6 were selected by the school districts in the store areas. Funds for the shoes were provided by Chargers President Dean Spanos and Payless ShoeSource.

    Like the children, the players were grateful for the experience.
    “It’s great to be able to do this,” linebacker Stephen Cooper[​IMG] said. “It’s always good to be able to do something for the kids. The kids are our biggest fans and they’re always looking up to us, so you always want to do right by the community and especially by the kids.”
    Also Tuesday, Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer[​IMG] and his wife Alicia were featured at the San Diego Hall of Champions’ Sports At Lunch series. The Jammers talked a little football but spent most of the time talking about their partnership with San Pasqual Academy, a residential school for foster children that is located in North San Diego County.
    The Jammers adopted San Pasqual Academy nearly three years ago. They host holiday dinners for the students, donate equipment to the school’s athletic program, give every student a Christmas gift each year and make regular appearances at the school. Most importantly, they’ve gotten to know and love the kids on individual levels.
    “I’ve developed personal relationships with the kids,” Quentin Jammer said. “They have my phone number and I email with them a lot. I want to be available to them.”
    One project in particular that was a topic of conversation was the reconstruction of a football field at the campus. SPA’s field was destroyed by the 2007 wildfires and the school’s football program has been without a home since. The Jammers are trying to raise funds to rebuild the field, which will cost nearly $800,000.

    “The games provided a family atmosphere for everyone at SPA,” Alicia Jammer said. “There weren’t any stands, but everyone sat together on the grass and really enjoyed each other. We want to help bring that back.”
    For more information on the Jammers’ involvement at SPA, visit www.jammerfoundation.org.
  2. ChargerJeff

    ChargerJeff Boltaholic

    Mar 24, 2008
    The San Diego community is very lucky to have the Chargers - they are very active helping those less fortunate and the Military - great job to everyone that was involved! :tup:
  3. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2006

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