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Chargers specialists kick off “Kicks For Kids”

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Casey Pearce
    Posted Aug 7, 2009

    Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding and punter Mike Scifres kicked off the second-annual “Kicks For Kids” campaign Thursday through which they hope to raise $50,000 this season for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.

    Last season Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding[​IMG] helped Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego raise more than $20,000 to help provide an important service to families as they provide for their sick children in San Diego hospitals.

    Kaeding has set his goal much higher in 2009, and he’ll have a little help from his good friend and teammate Mike Scifres[​IMG] in an effort to raise $50,000 for the Ronald McDonald House this season.

    The Pro Bowl kicker and the NFL’s best punter officially kicked off the second-annual “Kicks For Kids” campaign Thursday at the newly-renovated Ronald McDonald House located at Rady Children’s Hospital.

    “As a father, I’m looking around the room and realize how fragile these children are,” Kaeding told a group of families who are currently staying at Ronald McDonald House of San Diego. “My heart goes out to the people who are going through these situations. If I can give a few hours of my day to help raise awareness for an organization like this that helps people as they go through the process of trying to heal and get better, and keep their families together as they go through this tough experience, I’m all for it.”

    Through Kicks For Kids, Kaeding and Scifres will make generous, one-time donations to the Ronald McDonald House. They’re also asking Charger fans pledge to donate a certain dollar amount for every field goal Kaeding makes and every punt Scifres downs inside the opponents’ 20 yard line. Kaeding made 27 field goals last season and Scifres dropped 19 of his 51 punts inside the 20.

    “Whether it’s $1, $5 or $20 (pledge per field goal and punt), it all adds up and helps some families who are truly in need,” Scifres said.

    Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home for children and their families while the child is treated for serious, often life-threatening illnesses. During their visit Thursday, Kaeding and Scifres toured the new Ronald McDonald House at Rady Children’s Hospital, which recently underwent a $15 million expansion that took the home from 12 hotel-style rooms to 47.
    The new facility provides meals, laundry rooms, TV lounges, play rooms, a chapel and even an on-site barber shop for families who are going through a tough time physically, emotionally and often financially.

    Last year, Ronald McDonald Houses of San Diego served 6,500 hundred families. In the new facility, they’re capable of hosting 20,000 this year. While the expansion brings about an excitement over the opportunity to help more people, it also increases the need for programs like Kicks For Kids.


    “Now more than ever, Ronald McDonald House needs the support of the community to pay for these services to make their lives easier in times of medical crisis,” said Ronald McDonald House Board of Trustees member Frank Ruyak.

    Fans can make individual pledges or sign up to be a coach and recruit team members to pledge. Kicks For Kids participants will receive a weekly email from Kaeding with his thoughts on the Chargers’ most recent games. Supporters will also be eligible to win a pizza party for 20 with Nate and Mike and signed jerseys from both players.

    To get involved with Kicks For Kids, please visit the program’s official website at www.SDKicksForKids.com.

    As they toured the facility Thursday, Kaeding and Scifres signed dozens of autographs and posed for pictures with every young fan they came across. Their interaction with Ronald McDonald House caused the importance of their commitment to really hit home.

    “It’s not only about raising the money,” Kaeding said. “It’s also about raising awareness about what this place does for families that are in need. We want to do our part in making this thing work.”

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