By Jennifer Rojas, Chargers.com Photo courtesy of Sean M. Haffey / The San Diego Union-Tribune
Three years ago, Quentin and Alicia Jammer started a relationship with San Pasqual Academy with one goal in mind: to build lasting relationships with the foster children residing on campus. The Jammers not only achieved their goal, but with additional help from Philip Rivers and others, they helped the Academy achieve a goal of their own — a football field the students can call home.
“After being a part of this academy the past three years, I think I can honestly say we accomplished our goals and much more,” Alicia Jammer said on behalf of the Jammer Family Foundation. “It’s been a pleasure to have these students as a part of our lives. They teach us so many things that we take for granted. All we do is for the kids here. This field is a dream we all had and to be standing here is amazing.”
San Pasqual Academy opened 10 years ago as the nation’s first residential high school for foster children. The Dragons’ original field was destroyed during the 2007 wildfires. Following the fires, the team competing in an eight-man football division played on a temporary field. Their dominance eventually moved them up to the 11-man division. With the success, the Dragons learned the field was too small for CIF standards and they were unable to host home games.
“Up until 2008 as many of you know, the Dragons were able to play home games on what was a temporary field over behind the gym,” County Supervisor Ron Roberts said. “It was evident the students felt pride in hosting opposing teams on their own turf. The spirit and pride grew when the football team gained a significant victory early on becoming the California Interscholastic Federation Citrus League Champions. Since 2008, all of the football games have been played off campus, eliminating home-field advantage. Also lost was the true homecoming experience and the sense of community and camaraderie that the games brought to the students.”
The football field became a reality from the fundraising and support of the Jammer Family Foundation, Rivers of Hope Foundation, Chargers, NFL Youth Football Fund, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Supervisor Ron Roberts and San Pasqual Academy Foundation.Read the full story HERE