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They're rough, tough, and all-business on the field, but off the field, some Chargers players showed their gentler side. The Chargers are once again teaming up with San Diego County Adoptions and Adopt 8 for the 2013 Join the Team Calendar - it's the sixth year of this great partnership.

They aren't the plays we're used to seeing the Chargers make, but they rank right up there among the most rewarding.

Tight end Antonio Gates is just one of 13 Chargers players who graciously volunteered their time during the pre-season to be part of the 2013 Join the Team Calendar with the goal of helping foster kids find a forever family.

Quarterback Philip Rivers has been involved with the project each year, since the Chargers first teamed up with San Diego County Adoptions and Adopt 8 six years ago.

"You just know if you can put a face to what is often seen as a statistic, it does wonders and being able to find kids forever homes, ah, in the picture I took with three sisters to find them forever homes is well worth anything I can do," said Rivers.

Something important to linebacker Melvin Ingram - being a positive role model for 12-year-old William:

"I hope the best for him, and I want to let him know in any way that I can help out, I'm always here, no matter what."

And when you think about the circumstances foster kids must endure without parents or a family to call their own, safety Darrell Stucky says it's incredible to see how resilient they are:

"It's very surprising at the same time, it's very refreshing to know that kids can look past the things they can't control in their lives and focus on the now and have fun and just enjoy life as it comes, because, once again they're kids, they should be enjoying their lives."

The goal of the Join the Team Calendar is to spread awareness about the need for adoptive families.

"I have to tell you it's my most, it's my favorite project of the year," said local freelance photographer Sandy Huffaker.

Huffaker has been involved with the calendar project for four years now and hopes the children's carefree spirit, captured through his lens, will inspire families to take notice of these deserving kids and open up their hearts and homes to each one of them.

"My dream would be for them to come back and say maybe your photo had a small part of changing my life," Huffaker added.

The calendar will be revealed and given to fans Sunday, December 2 at the Chargers game.

If you're interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, call 1-877- I-ADOPT-U.

And to meet other children in foster care and discover how you can help restore their hope, please click here.

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