"On behalf of my family and the San Diego Chargers," said Spanos, "i would like to congratulate the winners and ... I would like to commend all the teachers and administrators who work so hard for our young people."
Dr. John Lee Evans, Board of Education President, saluted the team and the Spanos family for its consistent support of physical fitness and the health of San Diego children.
"This is a great, great honor and presentation," he said. "We can see the really specific things they are doing for our schools."
Since the program began in 2000, Chargers Champions has provided more than $1 million to assist schools, teachers and students in the San Diego Unified School District; across San Diego County, the team and family have donated more than $4 million to schools. 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.
Here is a list of school grants and uses.
Nye Elementary, peaceful playground and equipment; Wangenheim Middle,
fitness room and equipment; John Muir School, archery range, Field Turf
and equipment; Clairemont High fitness center, cardio and weight
- 2011: Carson Elementary, grass
field; North Park Elementary, physical education equipment; Mission Bay
High, fitness, weight and cardio center.
Alcott Elementary, activity room equipment; Hoover High, fitness
equipment grant; Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary, 16 spinners.
- 2009: Bay Park Elementary, fitness area for visually impaired students; Horton Elementary, indoor fitness room equipment.
Cubberley Elementary, basketball courts; Kearny High Educational
Complex, weight and fitness room; Washington Elementary, basketball/ball
wall courts and fitness equipment.
Morse High, Active Healthy School Program; Patrick Henry High, wrestling
and aerobics room matting; Taft Middle, HOP Sports Center.
Scripps Ranch High, field renovation; Mann Middle, fitness center; Hage
Elementary, fitness equipment; Paradise Hills Elementary, outdoor
fitness trail club.
- 2005: Roosevelt
Middle, indoor fitness lab; Carson Elementary, turf field project;
Sunset View, Elementary, running track; Kieller Charter, fitness lab;
Paradise Hills Elementary, 10-station fitness trail; North Park
Elementary, Fitness Games.
- 2004: Darnall
Charter, 10-station outdoor fitness center; McKinley Elementary,
10-station outdoor fitness center; Bell Middle, 8-station multipurpose
fitness room; Crawford High, weight and aerobics facility.a
- 2003: Pacific Beach Middle, physical fitness room; Serra High, weight and aerobics room.