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Join the Chargers ‘In the huddle’

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Join the huddle (Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr)

Join the huddle (Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr)

The Chargers see the support San Diego has for them, such as lifting blackouts and cheering them on during their up and down season.  That’s why they show no hesitation when it comes to giving support back to their community.  On October 17 from 6-10 p.m., the Chargers will join with Palomar Pomerado Health to present, “In the Huddle,” a night of football anecdotes and ad-libs to support the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.  It’s a night when Charger fans can join in on the huddle.

Fans can spend the evening hanging out with Head Coach Norv Turner and some of the players, like linebacker Shawne Merriman and quarterback Philip Rivers. At the event one can listen to stories, watch videos and interact with the players.  ESPN’s voices for the NFL such as, Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden, Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber are also joining in on the fun. In addition, football coaching legend Don Coryell will be participating in the night as the Guest of Honor.  Fans will not only get to participate in unforgettable discussions, talk with our local players, and meet a coaching legend, but they will also help celebrate coach Coryell’s 85th birthday.

legendary coach Coryell is honored (Photo via wikicommons)

legendary coach Coryell is honored (Photo via wikicommons)

Coryell became a legendary football coach for the Chargers during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s because of the modernized passing attacks he devised, creating the term, “Air Coryell.”  He lead the team to an average of 28 points per game during a span of 57 games from 1979 through 1982.  He also led local universities like San Diego State University to victories.  Coryell coached 12 seasons with the Aztecs, by using the philosophy of recruiting only junior college players.  He compiled a record of 104 wins, 19 losses, and 2 ties including three undefeated seasons in 1966, 1968 and 1969.  It would not only be an honor to celebrate with the legend for his 85th birthday, but also to commemorate his time and service to San Diego.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America, offers hope and support to affected individuals and their families. They also help to raise public awareness and funds to research a cure.  Each local chapter such as San Diego, provide a network of care to those living with the disease, including support groups, caregivers and education.

Huntington’s disease is a genetically caused brain disorder that systematically robs people of their ability to walk, talk, eat, and think.  Unfortunately people with Huntington’s Disease eventually become totally dependent upon others because currently there is no effective treatment or cure. It affects both sexes and all ethnic groups, typically occurring between the ages of 30 and 50, although there can be an onset as early as the age of two.  Children of a parent with Huntington’s Disease have a 50-50 chance of inheriting the condition since it does not skip generations.

Tickets for the event begin at $300 and includes an evening with NFL players and icons, but also an array of food and specialty drinks.  Supporters can remember their evening and continue their support by bidding in the silent and live auctions.  The sports night will take place at the at the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel, located at One Market Place in San Diego.

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