For the sixth straight year, Chargers players and Adopt 8 kids have teamed up for a special adoption awareness calendar.
The 2013 Join the Team Calendar is a partnership between the Chargers, San Diego County Adoptions and Adopt 8.
Fans at Sunday's Chargers-Bengals game at Qualcomm were among the first people to receive a copy of the 2013 calendar.
News 8 would like to thank the 13 chargers players who volunteered their time to the project, which is designed to serve as a reminder all year about the need for adoptive families.
Here's what the Chargers players have to say about being involved with the project:
Jared Gaither: To be able to get the kids seen and get them in great places and great families. I'm definitely looking forward to that day when they can be with a great family.
Jeromey Clary: Kids are amazing - all the different situations kids can be put in, and come out on top. They wake up the next day with a smile on their face. It's amazing how resilient kids are, and it's a joy to be around kids that are like that.
Mike Scifres: It's exciting. It means a lot for us to be able to come out and help out and do our part. This is a step forward for us, to come out and share our time and for them to share their time with us, is just as big.
Darrell Stuckey: 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.
Malcom Floyd: I hope they find a family and a great family that supports them and helps them through life and supports them in every way.
Eric Weddle: I hope that they find a great home, find a loving family that could give them what they need. Angelica is just an example of thousands of kids out there that are amazing individuals, amazing kids that just need a family to join, a family to be a part of. So hopefully, she'll find that.
Antonio Gates: It's very important that we do our part as parents, as adults, to give this next generation a chance to have a home, have parents and things which will give them a chance.
Melvin Ingram: It's always fun to give back, knowing these kids live up to us and they don't know how much we really appreciate them.
Kendall Reyes: We're all blessed individuals and we've been put here not only to play, but also to give back. I'm a big believer in that and it's all about giving back to those who aren't as fortunate as we are.
Donald Butler: Abel's a great kid. We were out there having fun on the bag. He was pushing, I was pushing and having a great time.
Ryan Mathews: To see how much they really want a family and really want to be adopted is awesome. Just to be able to be a role model for that day and just impact their lives is really great.
Philip Rivers: 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. In the picture I took with three sisters to find them forever homes is well worth anything I can do.
Le'Ron McClain: Anything for the kids, and the community. Just anything we can do to get these kids in a great home, get the love and care that you need from a family.
We'd like to thank local photographer Sandy Huffaker, who captured the spirit of the kids and players.
The calendar will be handed out at various locations throughout the county.
To learn more about local foster children waiting to find a forever family, please click here.
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