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Chargers partner with SoFi to develop future leaders

The Bolts are walking the walk when it comes to helping the community.

SoFi Stadium Media Tour Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

This year, the Chargers are partnering with SoFi — the personal finance company that their new, shiny stadium is named after — to assist underserved and under-represented individuals in the South Los Angeles area to help them in achieving financial independence for the future.

The new 20-year partnership, per the team’s recent press release, allows the team to focus much more on the community by “creating digital experiences and innovating grassroots programs that have a meaningful future impact to those most in need.” The team will be launching The Bolt Academy, which will be a “career training and leadership development program that will provide opportunities to work for the Chargers on game days at SoFi Stadium in 2021.”

The Chargers are also going to be donating funds through their It’s Good, For Good campaign. For every successful field goal and PAT by the Bolts inside SoFi Stadium in 2020, SoFi is donating $1,000 to their partner Brotherhood Crusade — a 50-year old grassroots organization dedicated to addressing unmet needs of low-income, underserved, and under-represented and disenfranchised individuals in South Los Angeles — to help fund literacy resources and tools for The Bolt Academy program.

“Supporting under-resourced communities has been a key Chargers initiative for many years,” said A.G. Spanos, Chargers President of Business Operations. “To have a partner not only share this mission but collaborate with us in the manner SoFi has is extraordinary. It is incumbent upon us to level the playing field for those in underserved communities and provide them with the same opportunities and tools others have access to in order to help everyone realize their full potential. We’re excited about the work Brotherhood Crusade and the Chargers Impact Fund are doing and look forward to seeing our future leaders in action at SoFi Stadium come 2021.”