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"Join the Team" Chargers calendar revealed

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For the seventh straight year, the chargers, San Diego County Adoptions and Adopt 8 are teaming up for a special adoption awareness calendar. The new 2014 Join the Team calendar features Chargers players and 21 children who are still waiting to find a forever family.

The calendars were revealed at Sunday's Chargers-Bengals game at the Q, where 15,000 copies were distributed to fans. The free calendar is designed to serve as a reminder all year about the great need for adoptive families.

"I think adoption is a beautiful thing, I think it's something that's probably in our future, me and my wife will talk about eventually, but it's also one of those things out there where every kid out there deserves a chance, deserves a family that loves them, deserves an opportunity at life," Charger Darrell Stuckey said.

"There are tons of great kids in San Diego County that need homes, that are looking for an environment to thrive in," Charger Nick Hardwick said.

"It's a tough thing but that's obviously what adoption is for, for kids like that, that don't have a family and can be part of a family," Charger player Danny Woodhead said.

"Anything to help the process. It's not these kids' fault at all and somehow, however we can get them into a family, it would be the best thing," Charger Dwight Freeney said.

"We just want to get the word out that there are a lot of kids out there that don't have parents that need homes, that are special, special kids and for us to give a little time to shed some light and give them hope, that's all we're here for," Charger Eric Weddle said.

"It was fun out here with the kids today, taking photos and seeing how the smiles on their faces are just so big and it just brightens up your day," Charger Corey Liuget said.

"I have close friends who are foster care families, so I have a good idea of how it is for them and what they go through, so I'm just trying to help out," Charger Vincent Brown said.

"It changes their lives, and to see the smiles and the laughs that you get out of them, it's amazing," player Donald Butler said.

"It gives them a special chance to come out here one on one, play around a little bit, take some photos and just have fun. It's a real big impact on their lives, hopefully it is," Charger Ryan Mathews said.

"Every kid needs an opportunity to be successful in life. Every child needs to be loved, cared about, and if you've got an opportunity to do certain things and enhance these kids' lives, give them a chance to feel love, to me, it definitely pays dividends," Charger Antonio Gates said.

"It's certainly fulfilling knowing that by spending 5 minutes to take a picture, essentially you're changing their lives forever," Charger Philip Rivers said.

"To see some of the stories that have come out of it, it makes you feel really good about coming out, helping out, and trying to endorse the situation," player Mike Scifres said.

We'd like to thank the 13 Chargers players who volunteered their time to do the photo shoot this past summer, and a special thanks to local photographer Sandy Huffaker and art director Blaise Nauyokas with Brainshine for their work on this beautiful project.

In the coming days, you will be able to pick up a free copy of the calendar at several locations throughout San Diego County.

If you are interested in adopting, please visit our website for links to the free orientation schedule, or call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.

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