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Strikes for Kids benefits local youth with help from NFL players

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego Charger Jason Verrett and a few of his teammates laced up their bowling shoes to help local kids during the Annual Strikes for Kids event Tuesday night in Poway.

About 100 kids from the local Boys and Girls Club turned out for The Annual Strikes for Kids event, which honored young people for their achievements in athletics and academics.

The night of bowling at Poway Fun bowl was made more exciting for those attending because they had the chance to meet Chargers Cornerback Jason Verrett.

“It was amazing it was fun he was loving and caring to meet us,” said 12-year-old Jake Glatter.

Verrett signed autographs and took plenty of pictures.

“Seeing the kids’ faces, I know I had that same face when I saw an NFL athlete and running up to them asking for an autograph, now that the role has switched all I can do is sign as much autographs as I can,” Verrett said.

The bowling event, organized by the non-profit group Strikes for Kids, brings athletes together with kids in the community. In this case, these children are part of the Boys and Girls club of San Diego.

“He came around gave us high fives signed our shirts,” continued Glatter.

Last year the Boys and Girls Club served more than 22,000 kids locally.

“It's definitely a blessing to see all these kids in here getting them away from their iPads and iPhones and getting them out to do fun things,” Verrett explained.

The children present Tuesday night also took away some valuable lessons.

“Stuff like this gives them the confidence to know anything is possible and if they want to get to NFL and want to be successful they can by any means,” said Joe Allen with Strikes for Kids.

“He told me to always follow dreams, don't quit never give up,” added Glatter.

Twenty two students on hand Tuesday night were awarded $100 shopping sprees at Toys “R” Us for their academic and athletic achievements.

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