Sporting Chance

By Nicole Novak

To raise money and awareness for injured kids whose parents can’t provide for their medical care, the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation presents the 14th annual Taste at the Cove, a snazzy evening affair under the stars that will bring pro athletes and other big spenders to La Jolla. LaDainian Tomlinson; photo by Mike Nowak” src="” alt="LaDainian Tomlinson; photo by Mike Nowak” width="278" height="370" />

Held Thursday, August 27, at Scripps Park in La Jolla Cove, the high-end event features fundraiser cuisine by top San Diego restaurants, a runway fashion show and a roster of sports-world celebs. This year’s local-athlete honoree, former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, joins a list of previous honorees including Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman and Tony Hawk.

“We perform a dozen free surgeries a year and see hundreds of injured athletes for free,” says David Chao, M.D., the former team physician for the San Diego Chargers and former chief medical officer for ESPN’s X-Games who founded the nonprofit and its high-profile annual fundraiser. “We focus on working families in need who are trying to make ends meet - for example, a single-parent mom who works as a waitress and can’t afford health insurance. We don’t want to penalize injured kids.”

Upward of 1,000 are expected to attend the event. Tables seat 10 guests; pricing for each starts at $3,500. (After all, surgery ain’t cheap.)

“We try to provide the best of San Diego in terms of location, scenery, celebrities, food, fashion, auction items, and networking,” says Chao.

Taste at the Cove
Thursday, August 27, 5:30-9 p.m.
Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove
1100 Coast Blvd., La Jolla