School dedicates track to Chargers legends

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – A school in Oceanside dedicated its running track to alma maters and former Chargers players Junior Seau and Willie Buchanon Tuesday morning.

Two Chargers players attended a ceremony at Laurel Elementary School during which the new track was unveiled.

“It’s pretty nice and we really appreciate it. It’s really awesome,” said fourth-grader Angel Garcia.

The school said the area where the new track is located was never used.

“It was basically just a big field,” said Principal Freddie Chavarria.

School officials said it’s more than just a track. It has a special meaning, honoring the legacy of Seau and Buchanon, who attended the school as kids.

“This is a way for us to show they made a difference in our community,” Chavarria said.

The school was able to build the track thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Chargers Champions Foundation, a program committed to improving physical fitness across San Diego County.

“Students that are healthy and fit are going to do well in school,” Chavarria said.

Chavarria said student fitness scores at Laurel Elementary are among the lowest in the district, making the school and the Chargers Champions grant a perfect match.

“It was really nice for the Chargers to give us money to build a track,” Angel said.

The school hopes to soon open the track for the community to enjoy two days a week.

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