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Chargers coach Anthony Lynn hoping to use Tanzania experience ‘in football terms’

Anthony Lynn, Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is using his free time to do a lot of good. Instead of going on vacation while he has time off before training camp, Lynn is giving back.

Lynn has spent his break helping to open a school in Tanzania, per Albert Breer of SI.com.

“Just being in the classroom with the kids was the best part of the trip,” Lynn told Breer from Tanzania. “These kids are so appreciative and positive. Their circumstances are not all that great, but they are finding ways to thrive.”

Lynn didn’t just travel to Africa to help open the school, he’s the main reason it got built. The lead donor that built it was the Lynn Family Foundation. Breer writes that “about 300 boys and girls in grades K-3 will start classes this week, the first opportunity to go to school for many of these children.”

While Lynn obviously found the trip quite fulfilling on its own, he also thinks it may benefit him as a coach and help the Chargers.

“I always try to take life experiences and use them in football terms,” he said. “A lot of times, when you can help develop these young men into better men, they will also become better football players. It’s something we will talk about: Doing more with less, and having the right attitude. When you have the grit and toughness that I have seen here in Tanzania, and you put positivity behind that, you can do whatever you want to do.”

Lynn continued to rave about his new students and the attitude they have.

“We are not here to change their culture or anything like that,” Lynn said. “These are strong people, with a lot of qualities I wish I saw more of. They don’t take anything for granted, and they have to really work hard to get what they want out of life. If you add education to that, they have a chance to do something really special.”

The whole piece is well worth a read, and it’s all great to see.