by LYDIA COBB | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Family Huddle

family_aukerman1The Aukerman family has touched down. Before they moved here three years ago, they had lived in four states: Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, and Florida. “We have had lots of visitors here because our friends and family in Ohio love the SoCal weather,” shared Summer Aukerman, a former educator and full-time mom raising their boys, Cayden and Bryce, and volunteering in their classrooms. Craig Aukerman is the special teams coordinator for the San Diego Chargers.

“We love to be active,” explained Summer. “We enjoy walking along the coast, taking our riding bikes, hiking, and hanging out with friends.” When it comes to the Bolts, it’s an all-family affair. The Aukermans cherish family time at the team hotel the night before a Chargers’ home game. Summer continued, “Then it’s followed by a day of tailgating and hanging out on the football field before kickoff.” Their football-loving dad has tossed the ball back in time as his sons enjoy sports. Cayden enters third grade this fall. “He loves to read and spend time with his friends,” mentioned Summer, and Bryce will begin kindergarten. “He’s on the move at all times and loves to be outside.” The boys are involved in baseball, respectively by age group, with La Costa Youth Organization and Little Rookies T-Ball, soccer with LA Galaxy San Diego, and basketball with City of Carlsbad and YMCA.

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Family: Parents – Craig and Summer Aukerman;
Boys – Cayden (8); and Bryce (5)
Community: Carlsbad
Hobbies & Interests: Sports, exercise, movies, and family game night
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Pizza Port, Beach Plum Kitchen, Yogurt Shack, Alga Norte Community Park, Batiquitos Lagoon


family_aukerman2family_aukerman5family_aukerman4Craig and Summer both attended rural high schools in Ohio. Craig obtained an elementary education degree at University of Findlay, Ohio, and played in two national football championships. They met at Miami University, Ohio. Craig was a football grad assistant working on his master’s degree. Summer was completing her undergraduate in special education and played volleyball. Active in sports would mean an active life together, and giving back to what they love. Summer volunteers with The Chargers’ organization. They are members of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic. They also support the Ohio-based non-profit HAND (Helping Assistance for Neuromuscular Disorders) in honor of Summer’s mother, Chris Clouse, who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) Disease. The scenery here is welcoming to the Aukermans. And they are grateful. “We love the size of the Carlsbad community and have made a lot of great friendships in the three years we have lived here,” added Summer. Family time huddle means everything to the Aukermans.