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Kaiser Permanente Joins Chargers To Collect Sport Donations

— The San Diego Chargers set a world record today, but not one you might expect.

The team partnered with Kaiser Permanente to collect thousands of footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs and other athletic balls to donate to local schools and Boys and Girls Clubs.

The record keepers at Guinness World Records said that in doing so, the two organizations set the record for the Largest Donation of Sports Balls in an eight-hour period.

Dr. Paul Bernstein, Kaiser Permanente's Medical Area Director for the San Diego region, said the goal wasn't to get in the record book, but instead to get kids to exercise more in a time of physical education budget cutbacks at San Diego Unified School District.

He said that Kaiser Permanente staff "really wanted to see what we can do to give back to the kids, so they can get out and exercise and really be healthy."

More than 6,800 balls of all kinds were donated at the Qualcomm Stadium event.

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TomWins | December 6, 2011 at 7:29 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

It saddens me that the power of the Chargers and Kaiser have made this a story. There are so many other stories with merit that were not aired and were not posted online because of this PR campaign by wealthy organizations. I'd much rather see the less well-off who barely are making ends met and who have given to neighbors and friends who are in need also. It reminds me of the story of the widows mite that Jesus told. The gift of the well off were made with great fanfare (sounds like Kaiser and the Chargers) but the gift of the poor widow is of much more import in the eyes of this spiritual teacher. (Ref: Mark 13). This is just another indication of how KPBS is no longer a voice of all the community but the in service of the corporations. Sad to see it go.

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Jessica Plautz | December 7, 2011 at 9:32 a.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Hi TomWins,

Thank you for your feedback. This story was part of our coverage because it affects the students in the community who will receive sports equipment as a result of the drive.

If you have a story that you feel KPBS should be covering, please send us an email at We welcome all story tips, as we always seek to cover the stories of the community.

Jessica Plautz, KPBS Web Producer

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