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Ryan Mathews Hosts 5K Run to Help Homeless Moms and Children

By Ernie Padaon

December 18, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) celebrates after a three-yard run during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

This weekend is a fun Bolt to the Q 5K run that is hosted by the San Diego Chargers, Ryan Mathews and Kaiser Permanente. The run starts out at Chargers Park and finishes on the 50 yard line of Qualcomm Stadium. The race is SOLD OUT, but people are still invited to attend the festivities.

The proceeds from this event will benefit Trish and Ryan Mathews’s Door of Hope Chest, a non-profit charitable foundation overseen by the Salvation Army. Door of Hope Chest strives to ease the transition for homeless moms and children into their new homes by providing housewares such as bedding, towels and cookware. The foundation also provides services such as job counseling and parenting classes

“I know first-hand what these moms endure because my mother and I were homeless for a short time when I was little,” Mathews said. “I wouldn’t have the life I have now if it wasn’t for my mom getting a helping hand and then doing everything she could to support me, even working three jobs. So I encourage all levels of runners to sign-up for the ‘Bolt to the Q’ because not only will it be a good time, but we can also help families get the support they need.” –  (NFL Players Association)

This Saturday at 7am, expect to see a gang of runners in Chargers gear making a dash from Chargers Park to the Q! Next year, let’s get a gang of people to sign up for the event!