Thursday, November 21, 2013

Board of Education salutes Chargers CEO and ‘Chargers Champions’ grants

The Board of Education has saluted the San Diego Chargers for their support of San Diego schools and accepted awards to four schools in 2013.

A.G. Spanos, Executive Vice President – Chief Executive Officer for the team, presented checks to officials from the four schools for the new programs: Nye Elementary, $30,000 for the Peaceful Playground Program; $40,000 weight room at Wangenheim Middle School for a new weight room; Muir k-12, $40,000 for the school's archery program; Clairemont High School, $75,000 for a new weight room and sand volleyball pit.

"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.
  • 2012: 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 equipment.
  • 2011: Carson Elementary, grass field; North Park Elementary, physical education equipment; Mission Bay High, fitness, weight and cardio center.
  • 2010: 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.
  • 2008: Cubberley Elementary, basketball courts; Kearny High Educational Complex, weight and fitness room; Washington Elementary, basketball/ball wall courts and fitness equipment.
  • 2007: Morse High, Active Healthy School Program; Patrick Henry High, wrestling and aerobics room matting; Taft Middle, HOP Sports Center.
  • 2006: 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.