Chargers’ Shaun Phillips Dedication to Giving Back

12 Oct

Phillips giving Jay an ear full

Professional football players across the country are joining alongside Chargers’ linebacker Shaun Phillips in supporting After-School All-Stars, the leading national provider of high quality and comprehensive after-school programs, with the “Touchdown vs. Shutdown” sponsorship program.  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. Finishing with seven sacks in the 2009 season, Phillips personally contributed $7,000 while local companies including The UPS Store and Scott and Cronin LLP matched the donation for a total contribution of $28,000.

The program has expanded its fourth season to include players on both sides of the field. In addition to defensive football players, offensive players joined the cause as part of “Team Touchdown,” who will pledge donations based on yards or touchdowns, while defensive players on “Team Shutdown” pledge based on sacks or tackles.

“Football encouraged me to be successful in the pursuit of higher education, and I hope to give youth the inspiration and means to follow their dreams too,” said Shaun Phillips. “Now with more players joining, we can tie our success on and off the field to something much bigger; I’m excited to expand this opportunity to share our victories with more students across the country.”

“Shaun’s support has helped San Diego After-School All-Stars expand its sports and educational programming considerably,” said Tyree Dillingham, Executive Director of After-School All-Stars San Diego. “His involvement, along with other professional athletes, provides a great model to encourage our students to live up to their potential with confidence they will have the support to get there.”

To learn more about Touchdown vs. Shutdown, visit www.touchdownshutdown.org. Visit the San Diego After-School All-Stars page at  www.sdafterschoolallstars.org.

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