Sherrie-Lyn Mahealani Thompson, Quentin Jammer, Caroline Winn, Jolane Crawford
Dec. 15, 2012
-- San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer received the 10News Leadership Award for establishing and perpetuating the mission of the Jammer Family Foundation (JFF), which provides assistance to underprivileged youth in San Diego. The 10News Leadership Award recipient is someone who demonstrates leadership by making San Diego a better place to live, standing up for those who require help, has initiated or created solutions for others, is a role model and fulfills a local need, thereby improving the quality of life for all San Diegans.
Jammer currently plays professional football for the San Diego Chargers. Growing up in Angleton, Texas, he saw firsthand the impact idleness has on the youth population. After moving to San Diego, he founded the Jammer Family Foundation in 2007 to help improve the lives of San Diego’s underprivileged youth. Jammer strongly believes that each child should be given the same opportunity for education and athletics. Through JFF, Jammer has enlisted the help of many high profile athletes to work on his projects, including Chargers Quarterback Phillip Rivers.
The JFF provides encouragement and support for disadvantaged youth who have limited resources. Through his work with San Pasqual Academy in particular, Jammer has developed many programs to enrich the lives of the foster youth that live on the San Pasqual Academy campus. JFF also provides multiple academic scholarships every year to several San Pasqual Academy graduates and Jammer maintains a mentoring relationship with these students as they move on to higher education.
The JFF is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization established with the mission that “every child can flourish to reach their highest potential”. In the six years since establishing the Foundation, hundreds of foster youth from San Pasqual Academy have been helped and offers support for other worthy causes including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Solutions for Change, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. The JFF is funded through a variety of fundraising events such as the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, “ Jammin’ Under The Stars”. Quentin devotes much of his time and talent off the San Diego Charger playing field to his nonprofit organization.