Words by Jason Cordner
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who already pledged six game checks to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, announced today that he’s giving away his final 10 game checks this year to four organizations “whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to undeserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.”
The goal of all his recent charity efforts has a central theme: education equity, the principal that everyone deserves a quality education, no matter their life circumstances.
“I’m playing the entire 2017 NFL season without collecting income because I believe that education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for EVERYONE in America,” Long wrote on the page of his “Pledge 10 for Tomorrow” campaign.
Chris Long donating next 10 game checks to educational initiatives. Donated first six to Charlottesville programs. That’s the whole season. pic.twitter.com/4U4tF4DrzQ
— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) October 18, 2017
Long’s entire $1 million with the Eagles this year will not land in his pockets, but will be sent in the direction of where he feels they can make a bigger impact.