A grant from Chargers Champions program has brought new fitness options to Wangenheim Middle School in Mira Mesa.
tackle Corey Liuget, A.G. Spanos, Chargers Executive Vice President,
Principal Dr. Matt Fallon were on hand for dedication of the facility,
funded by a $40,000 grant from the program. Watch video»
the Chargers have done is invaluable," Principal Fallon said at the
dedication event. "Besides the monetary donation, which is incredible,
it demonstrates to the kids the importance of community and helping one
Spanos, grandson of family patriarch Alex Spanos, said
his grandfather began the Chargers Champions program as a way to give
back to the community.
“This is a special initiative because it
was started by my grandfather to help our schools,” said A.G. Spanos.
“With budget cuts in the state, usually some of the first programs to
get cut are the athletic programs. It is very important for students to
create proper habits to stay fit and active for their lives. Therefore,
our organization and my family feel it is important to help make up for
that shortfall and create a better quality of life for the young people
of San Diego.”
Fallon said the weight room will make Wangenheim a healthier place.
put the grant in taking a shot in the dark and this has been
thrilling,” he said. “We’ve always wanted a fitness room but have never
been able to afford or put it together even though we knew it was very
important for the quality of our physical fitness program. When we were
named it was really wonderful."