Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

San Diego Chargers Take School Children Shopping For Shoes

San Diego Chargers players, known for being tough on the gridiron, showed their soft side while helping elementary school children pick out new shoes.

The San Diego Chargers players took students from 17 elementary schools on a special back-to-school shoe shopping trip.

It was the 27th annual Boltz Back-to-School Shoe Distribution. The shoe donation event helps children in need get new shoes for the new school year.

Nearly all the players took turns helping the students try on shoes at Payless stores across the county. Each child was escorted through the shops by their very own San Diego Charger.

Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers said new shoes give these children a much needed confidence boost.

“Whether it’s your favorite color, your favorite style, it’s like a new hair cut,” Flowers said. “You feel like a new person when you put them on.”

Maria Hernandez, 8, said Flowers was really big and very nice. The pair picked out sea-foam green sneakers with neon pink laces. Number 24 kneeled down to lace up the little girls new shoes — checking to make sure they got the right size.

This is Flowers second year helping out. The cornerback said he does it for the smiles.

“When you can make people smile it just brightens everything up,” he said.

Chargers' spokeswoman Jennifer Rojas said the team helped to give away more than 1,200 pairs of shoes this year. That’s 200 more than last year.

FEATURED PODCAST

San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.