Chargers’ Antonio Gates and teammates to gather at fundraiser to help end Huntington’s Disease


The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA)-San Diego chapter will host the 11th annual Shoot to Cure HD, its unique speed-free-throw party, on Friday, June 15, at Chargers Park. Presented by Qualcomm and Cymer, the Shoot is one of the nonprofit’s largest fundraisers and is one of San Diego’s most entertaining summer events, bringing together local celebrities and hundreds of caring San Diegans to support HDSA’s mission to end one of life’s cruelest illnesses. This year’s event will feature Chargers Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates, the event’s honorary chair for the eighth consecutive year, and his teammates as they join the fun and help spread the organization’s mission.

Huntington’s disease (HD), a fatal genetic brain disorder that results in the loss of all mental and physical capabilities, affects thousands of Americans each year but many of their heroic stories go unheard. The HDSA-San Diego chapter’s Shoot to Cure HD brings the community together to help raise funds to fight the disease and support the families living with HD.

“The Shoot is one of the best parties of the summer,” said HDSA-San Diego board member Bill Johnston. “We’ve been holding this event for 11 years and each year it gets bigger and crazier and it helps us get a little closer to finding a cure. Thanks to support from Qualcomm, Cymer, the Chargers and friends like Antonio Gates, we know a cure will be found.”

Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with their favorite Chargers players while enjoying great food and drinks from many of San Diego’s finest restaurants. They can also tour Chargers Park: the actual locker room, weight room and meeting rooms used by the team. The event also offers great auction opportunities and prizes, and the entertainment for the night is the crazy speed-free-throw tournament.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on HDSA-SanDiego’s website at Teams of 10 are still available at $1,000 per team as are individual tickets at $125 per person with proceeds benefiting the HDSA to help fund research for a cure, education and awareness, and support for families living with HD.

Qualcomm, Cymer, San Diego Chargers and other local businesses are partnering with HDSA-San Diego to support this year’s Shoot to Cure HD. For more information about HD, the Shoot to Cure HD and how you can help, visit or call 619-225-2255.