** Athletes to Lead Local Students in Flag Football Rally, Make Touchdown vs. Shutdown Donation on March 5**
WHO/WHAT: This 2010-2011 NFL season, Chargers players Shaun Phillips, Stephen Cooper and Antoine Cason raised $22,700 for After-School All-Stars San Diego as part of the Touchdown vs. Shutdown pledge to take success off the field and into local communities. Phillips, Cooper and Cason pledged to donate based on game play, and finished the season with 11 sacks (Phillips, $11,000), 43 tackles (Cooper, $5,000) and 67 tackles (Cason, $6,700). Companies including Scott & Cronin LLP and The UPS Store locations matched donations, for a total of $44,700 benefitting the organization.
Formerly known as “SP’s All-Star Sack Attack,” the program launched in 2007 when Shaun Phillips pledged to donate $1,000 to After-School All-Stars for every tackle or sack he recorded. The program expanded its fourth season to include 13 professional football players from across the country – national defensive football players on “Team Shutdown” who pledged donations based on yards or touchdowns and offensive players as part of “Team Touchdown” who pledged based on sacks or tackles. Nationally, $109,600 in donations and sponsorships was raised to benefit the children of After-School All-Stars.
This funding is essential to sustain After-School All-Stars’ sports as a hook program, which provides physical activities for more than 400 children, regardless of athletic ability and parents’ income. Four days a week at elementary school sites, league play in soccer, rugby and flag football is provided at no charge to families, while fostering the kids’ skills, teamwork, self-discipline and physical development.
The rally on March 5 is part of the 10-week flag football league, which has more than 350 participating children.
WHEN: Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Lincoln Acres Elementary School
2200 Lanoitan Ave.
National City, CA 91950
WHY: More than 70 percent of children in the U.S. have parents who work outside the home, leaving 3 to 4 million middle- and high-school youth unsupervised by adults after the school day ends. It costs $252,000 to incarcerate a juvenile for one year and only $1,300 to support one child in an after school program for one year. $1,300 and the time spent in these programs is equivalent to an extra 3 months of schooling, per child, per year. The San Diego Chapter of After-School All-Stars serves more than 18 schools with academic and physical fitness programs in San Diego County.