San Diego, California - The Spanos family and the San Diego Chargers continued their tradition of support for youth and health fitness by awarding nearly $250,000 in Chargers Champions grants to San Diego County schools.

“Schools throughout California need our support,” said A.G. Spanos, the Chargers’ executive vice president and chief executive officer.  “The main goal of our program is to provide students with the necessary means to live a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness.”

Chargers Champions provides grants for new facilities and equipment to improve physical fitness of students in San Diego County schools.

This year’s Chargers Champions’ recipients will be honored on the field during Sunday’s game between the Chargers and the Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. The following seven schools received grants to improve physical fitness, athletic or nutrition programs on school campuses.

Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista

$70,000         

New weight room

Woodrow Wilson Middle School, San Diego

$40,000

New indoor fitness center

Del Dios Middle School, Escondido

$35,000

Indoor fitness room

Holtville High School, Holtville

$35,000         

Fencing equipment; archery center

Edison Elementary School, San Diego

$30,000         

Action based learning lab and a Rail Yard course

Monarch School (K-12), San Diego

$24,000         

Artificial turf field for soccer

Holy Family School, San Diego

$15,000         

Sports & fitness equipment

Since the program’s inception in 2000, the Spanos family has donated more than $4.5 million to San Diego’s schools and students through Chargers Champions. The program consistently provides more support for San Diego-area schools than any other individual or private company in San Diego County.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have organizations like the San Diego Chargers step up to support education,” Dr. Randolph Ward said, 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.”

The educational grants ranged in amounts from $70,000 to Rancho Buena Vista High school to a $15,000 grant given to Holy Family School.

Funds allocated to Chargers Champions are administered through the Chargers Community Foundation, the team’s 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.”