Chris Long, defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, will donate half of his salary to a scholarship fund for students in his hometown of Charlottesville, VA. Administered through his personal foundation, the Chris Long Foundation, the money will fund two students' schooling at Long's alma mater, St. Anne's-Belfield School, for seven years.
After the disturbing white supremacist marches in Charlottesville that left one dead, Long and his wife felt compelled to do something positive for the community. They decided they would choose two young people from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia to receive the multi-year scholarships. The Longs' investment will change the trajectory of these students' lives forever. Without this funding, they may not have had an opportunity to receive the top-notch education that they now will.
Long has a reputation of being one of the most philanthropic players in the NFL. The Chris Long Foundation funds initiatives domestically and internationally. Their focus areas include, homelessness, clean water, military, and youth in need. Additionally, Long has been one of a few white players who have shown support of the racial inequality protests spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. He has proven to be a strong ally of his colleagues' fight for justice, and he will undoubtedly continue to put his money where his mouth is.
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