Orange County All-Star players dream of someday being like Chargers Quarterback Phillip Rivers. Photo courtesy of the Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers center Max Turek and tight end Sean McGrath will serve as honorary captains for Friday evening’s 58th annual Orange County All-Star Classic high school football game at Orange Coast College.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco will toss the coin in the pregame coin toss.

The game was saved from cancellation thanks to a donation from the Chargers, organizers said.

“When we heard the all-star game was going to be cancelled after a 58- year run, we knew we had to step in and save the game for our community,” said Frank Albers, a board member of Costa Mesa United, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of sports fields, facilities and equipment throughout Costa Mesa.

“We weren’t sure how many of the ancillary things we would be able to pull off, but thankfully for the kids, the Los Angeles Chargers stepped up and provided the funds to make sure the game continues to be a premier event.”   The game will be televised by KDOC-TV Channel 56 and on the Chargers website,

The Chargers will conduct their training camp and regular-season practices in Costa Mesa.

“We place a premium on community engagement and take pride in our involvement with important local causes and events,” said Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos.

“Partnering with Costa Mesa United to help continue a great tradition like the Orange County All-Star Classic — and to be able to broadcast it into homes throughout Los Angeles and Orange County — is a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these high school seniors and everyone who has supported them along the way.”

—City News Service

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