Chargers running back Melvin Gordon spent Tuesday afternoon giving back to the San Diego community.
The second-year starter hosted a “Holiday Bike Build” for 52 children and teenagers who have a parent stationed at Naval Base San Diego. The big announcement of the day came as a surprise to the youngsters, as Gordon gave each of them a brand new bicycle to take home.
To bring the event to life, Gordon partnered with the Armed Services YMCA and Rally Health, a digital health company that brings in athletes and celebrities as ambassadors to inspire people to make healthy lifestyle choices.
"I wasn't fortunate to get bikes and things like that when I was younger, and I know as a kid I would have loved to have one of these bikes," Gordon said. "I don't care what color. It could have been pink, and I would have loved to have it. So when you're in a position where people look up to you and you're able to give back, you need to be more than willing to."
Gordon made an appearance at the event despite suffering injuries to his hip and knee during Sunday’s game. In fact, Gordon wasn’t even medically cleared to attend the event until Monday night.
“If he wasn’t’ here today, it would have been totally understandable,” said David Ko, president and COO of Rally Health. “But in true Melvin form, he said, ‘I’m coming.’”
Ben Faunce | December 12, 2016