Mission Bay High School will receive $75,000 for weight room improvements and Ross Elementary $4,000 for its physical education programs from the San Diego Chargers "Chargers Champions" program.
“This is our signature program,” said Chargers Executive Vice
President - Chief Executive Officer A.G. Spanos. “And that’s for two
reasons. San Diego is our home, and San Diego schools need our help. The
true heroes are the teachers and administrators who put forward the
effort for the students every day on a daily basis. We’re just happy and
very appreciative to be in a position to support them.”
The National Football League team and its owners, the Spanos family, have been donating to schools for nearly 20 years.
Mission Bay High, the weight-room improvements will benefit about 900
students in physical education classes, where they'll have the
opportunity to perform cardio, weight and conditioning training.
Students involved in Mission Bay's athletics teams will also be able to
improve conditioning and lower their potential for injury with the new
“Receiving this award is a testament to the hard work and cooperation
between the school and our parent organization, Friends of Pacific
Beach Secondary Schools,” Mission Bay Principal Fred Hilgers told the Beach and Bay Press. “Without the diligence of Betsy Knight, this 8-year dream of revitalizing the school’s weight room would never have happened.”
Knight is a longtime supporter of Pacific Beach schools and the
outgoing Ways and Means Director of the Friends of Pacific Beach
Ross Elementary in Clairemont also received a grant, along with schools in several other parts of San Diego County.
The Spanos family and the Chargers Community Foundation have been
donating funds to educational institutions throughout San Diego County
for nearly two decades. The Chargers Champions program, begun in 2000,
has provided more than $4 million to assist schools, teachers and
students. Each year the Chargers Champions School Grant Program allows
public and private schools within San Diego County to apply for
badly-needed funding for physical fitness, nutrition or athletic
programs on their campuses. Since the beginning of the School Grant
Program, 86 schools have received funding for projects as various as
outdoor fitness trails, weight rooms, running tracks or even Sparks
For more information visit the Chargers website.