As one of the best schools in the country for producing NFL talent, some might consider Long Beach Poly High School a hallowed ground for the preparation of soccer players and fans.
Last Sunday, the Bolts added another note to Poly’s history books as the school hosted the first Los Angeles Chargers x Nike 11-On event for eight high school football programs in Southern California. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley greeted attendees with an inspiring talk about teamwork and perseverance before sending the student-athletes to start their day of intense skill and exercise activities. .
Nike 11-On is a school-based, team-focused character-building event that supports high school football competitions while focusing on the development of transferable life skills like leadership development on and off the field of play. Student-athletes at the Chargers’ event participated in 7v7 games, lineman challenges, team-building drills, and community discussions. character education throughout the day. Each participant received a personalized jersey from Nike, and the Chargers also distributed brand new pairs of football gloves directly from the team’s equipment room.
“Although this was only our first Nike 11-On, we hope to continue making it an annual event in the future,” said Chase Hartman, Chargers Community Relations Manager. “We know that last year was very difficult with the local high school football season postponed and reduced to just six games. Events like this are especially important now in helping coaches and student-athletes. to prepare to perform at their best when they return to the pitch this fall. The Nike 11-On fits perfectly with our mission to support and celebrate football at all levels, and we look forward to it. to offer this opportunity to even more schools in the near future. “
Schools participating in Sunday’s 11-On included Long Beach Poly, Santa Ana, San Clemente, Long Beach Wilson, Santa Fe, Lakewood, Western (Anaheim) and Huntington Beach. After the point totals, achieved through a combination of 7v7 scores and linemen’s drill performances, were tallied – the Huntington Beach Oilers were crowned champions, receiving a personalized trophy from Nike and a set of Chargers soft shell helmets.