January 26, 2001

Chargers Champions

Scholarship and grant applications available

The San Diego Chargers are now accepting applications for youth scholarships and grants for schools and educators under the team's Chargers Champions community outreach initiative.

This Spring, 22 San Diego County high school juniors who have demonstrated leadership, service, citizenship and commitment in their schools and communities will become the second Chargers Champions class and will receive college tuition scholarships of $7,500, as well as new, state-of-the-art lap top computers. These future leaders of San Diego will have opportunities for working internships and will be recognized at Chargers games and on the team's radio and television broadcasts. The winning students, educators and schools will be recognized at the second annual Chargers Champions Honors Dinner, scheduled for May 15.

Eleven schools in the county also will be announced in May as Chargers Champions for their role in developing future leaders for San Diego. Each school will receive a grant worth $11,000. The Chargers will also host "Chargers Days" and provide leadership speakers in the schools. All public and private elementary, middle and high schools in San Diego County are eligible.

Finally, Chargers Champions will honor 11 educators who use innovation and creativity in developing students into San Diego's future leaders. The educators will receive $2,500 stipend and lap top computers for their classrooms. Any full-time teacher, counselor, coach or administrator in San Diego County's public and private schools is eligible.

Nomination/Application forms for the scholarships and grants can be accessed on the official web site of the San Diego Chargers, www.Chargers.com, and must be received by March 1, 2001. All of the nomination/application forms also can be obtained by dialing (858) 874-4500 ext. 444 from any fax machine.

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