San Diego Chargers. Photo credit: Chargers via Facebook.
San Diego Chargers. Photo credit: Chargers via Facebook.

The San Diego Chargers and the California Milk Advisory Board announced Friday they have awarded the South Bay Union School District today a $10,000 grant to support school nutrition and exercise programs.

The “hometown grant” program allows each of the 32 National Football League Clubs, Fuel Up to Play 60 — an organization aimed at fighting childhood obesity — and local dairy representatives to awards funds to schools, according to the California Milk Advisory Board.

“Studies show that active kids do better when it comes to academic performance, and when paired with better nutrition, it can lead to improved academic achievement,” California Milk Advisory Board spokeswoman Jennifer Giambroni said. “California’s dairy farmers are proud to support schools and communities build stronger in-school nutrition and physical activity programs and we’re excited to be able to help the South Bay Union School District and its students.”

Representatives from the California Milk Advisory Board and Chargers players Nick Novak, Kendall Reyes, and Darrell Stuckey will present South Bay Union School District officials on Tuesday with the grant and helped kids practice physical activity drills at Oneonta Elementary School in Imperial Beach, officials said.

“We are honored to be presented with this grant and the opportunity to further strengthen our district’s wellness and physical activity programming for our more than 8,400 students,” district Superintendent Katie McNamara said.

Chargers CEO A.G. Spanos said supporting the youth of San Diego County was a priority for the team.

“Ensuring the students of South Bay Union school district learn how important it is to eat right, exercise and take of their bodies, will give them the tools they need to choose wisely,” Spanos said. “These students are the potential future leaders of San Diego and we want to see them thrive.”

— City News Service

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