San Diego Charger Girls Turn to the Next Generation to Help the Community: Fan’s Perspective

The Charger Girls are the official dance team for the San Diego Chargers and were formed in 1990. Considered to be the most premiere dance team in the NFL, Sport Magazine also rated them the best cheerleaders in the NFL. While this group of 28 beautiful ladies is great to watch at the games, the work they do off the field is even more impressive.

The Charger Girls are turning to the next generation of cheerleaders to help raise money for the Chargers Community Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation through their Junior Charger Girls program.

Junior Charger Girls

For young girls between the ages of seven and 15, the Junior Charger Girls program is a chance to work and learn from the team and perform in front of fans during the halftime show on December 11th when the Chargers take on the Buffalo Bills. But, there is a catch. In order to be able to participate, each girl must raise $175 in pledges. The goal of this program is to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Chargers Community Foundation. To me this is a wonderful opportunity to let young girls realize a dream of cheering for an NFL team while truly making a difference.

In addition to raising pledges, there is a participation fee which covers the cheerleading clinics and rehearsals, a game ticket, t-shirt, halftime show uniforms, pom poms and an autographed Charger Girls team photo. As an added bonus, the four girls that raise the most money in pledges will be given the honor of cheering with the Charger Girls for the entire game.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was created in 1980 and is designed to grant the wishes of children who battle life-threatening medical conditions. Granting a wish isn't as easy as it sounds and the process involves a few steps. First, children are recommended by physicians and parents and sometimes even the child themselves. Medical eligibility is then determined. In order to be considered, a child between the age of two and a half and 18 must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

After eligibility has been determined, a wish team volunteer meets with the child to determine what their true wish really is. Once that has been determined, the program goes into action making sure they make the wish as memorable as they can.

Chargers Community Foundation

The Chargers Community Foundation was founded in 1995 by owner Alex Spanos as a way to give back to the community of San Diego. The main goal is to provide financial assistance to programs that help San Diego youth in the areas of education, physical fitness and nutrition. They have provided over $3.5 million dollars in scholarships and grants since they began. They also contribute financial support to organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rady Children's Hospital and the Huntington's disease Association.

So, if you know a young girl with aspirations of being an NFL cheerleader and want to help some amazing organizations, the Charger Girls and the San Diego Chargers are providing an amazing way to make dreams come true, both for your young cheerleader and many, many others.

Deborah Braconnier is a former athlete and 20 year medical professional. Born in San Diego, she has grown up watching and supporting the San Diego Chargers. Working now as a freelance writer, she brings her love for both sports and the medical field together in her writing.

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Updated Sunday, Nov 6, 2011