San Diego Chargers launch first of its kind military fan club

By Jeremy Meyer

The San Diego Chargers have partnered with AT&T to present Bolts for the Brave, a fan club designed to support military personnel and their families. The Bolts for the Brave marks the first-ever official military fan club in the NFL.

“My family is honored to be a part of a military community and we’re enormously thankful for the men and women who serve our country,” said A.G. Spanos, the Chargers’ executive vice president and chief executive officer. “The Bolts for the Brave fan club gives our fans the opportunity to show their appreciation and support for the armed services while also supporting the Armed Services YMCA.”

Anyone can become a Bolts for the Brave member or sign-up a friend or family member serving overseas by registering on  Members will receive a VIP membership kit featuring unique merchandise and exclusive benefits, including a personalized welcome letter, membership certificate and membership card, camouflage hat, dog tags, Bolts for the Brave military velcro patch, exclusive raffle opportunities, and a 15% discount at the Chargers Team Store located at Qualcomm Stadium, Gate G and online at

Membership kits cost $49.99 and can be shipped overseas to APO or FPO addresses.

“As a long-time sponsor of the San Diego Chargers, AT&T commends the team’s tradition of supporting the local military, and we are honored to partner with the Chargers to introduce and promote the first military fan club in the NFL,” said Tammi Terrell, vice president and general manager, AT&T. “We look forward to seeing fans of all ages embrace Bolts for the Brave and show their support of the military, their families, and the sacrifices they make every day for the good of our country.”

The Chargers have a long-standing, mutually-beneficial relationship with the many armed services organizations throughout Southern California.  In August, the team held the sixth annual Bud Light Honoring Our Heroes event at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar and recognized troops at its annual Salute to the Military game against the Green Bay Packers. The team also has held past practices at Camp Pendleton, 32nd Street Naval Station and on the USS Ronald Reagan supercarrier.

The Armed Services YMCA makes military life easier with free and low-cost programs for nearly 500,000 junior enlisted men and women and their families each year at 33 branches and affiliates nationwide.

“Partnering with the San Diego Chargers in their Bolts for the Brave club, the Armed Services YMCA is very appreciative of the Chargers support to our military families in reducing their stress and enhancing their quality of life,” said Retired United States Marine Corps Colonel George Brown, Executive Director of Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton.

For more information on the Bolts for the Brave, visit

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