‘Chargers Champions’ Program Offers $250K in Grants to Local Schools

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Mar 29, 2013  |  Updated 7:59 PM PDT
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The Chargers Community Foundation is offering $250,000 in grants to San Diego schools for physical fitness, nutrition and athletic programs.

The grants will be disbursed to local schools through the Chargers Champions School Grant Program. The deadline for schools to apply for the grants is May 3.

Selected high schools are eligible to receive grants of up to $75,000, while middle schools can qualify to receive up to $40,000 and elementary schools up to $30,000.

Last year, nine local schools received grants to improve physical fitness programs on their campuses.

Helix High School and Mission Bay High School each received a $75,000 grant for their campus weight rooms. Diegueno Middle School received a $22,000 grant for an outdoor fitness center, while Washington Middle School received $22,000 for aquatics equipment.

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School received a $17,000 grant for a running track from the 2012 Chargers Champions program, while Del Rio Elementary School received $15,000 for fitness equipment.

Cajon Park Elementary School used a $13,000 grant for sports equipment and a running track, Ross Elementary School received $4,000 to go toward fitness equipment and Valley Center High School received a $3,000 grant to purchase body composition analyzers.

Over the past 13 years, the Chargers Champions program has provided grants for 95 local schools, helping to fund projects ranging from outdoor fitness trails to weight rooms.

The funds for schools come through the Chargers Community Foundation, a San Diego Chargers charitable foundation established by Dean and Alex Spanos in 1995.

For details and applications for the Chargers Champions School Grant Program, visit this website.

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