Super Bowl Champion, Chris Long, is founder of Waterboys, an initiative to raise money for clean water in East Africa. According to their website, “Named for one of the most overlooked but integral positions on any team, Waterboys unites NFL players from across the league in service. As Waterboys, players put aside allegiance and team up with fans in support of a single shared cause: providing clean, accessible drinking water to rural communities in East Africa.” Since its founding, Long has been able to recruit one representative from all 32 NFL teams to a fundraising challenge with all proceeds benefiting the organization. It’s not often we see cross-league collaboration like this. Now, Waterboys is taking it one step further.
Malcolm Brogdon, reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, is joining the Waterboys team, making him the first NBA ambassador for the cause. Not only will Brogdon be raising money himself, he is also tasked with recruiting more NBA players as team representatives. With 32 NFL reps and (eventually) 30 NBA reps, along with the full fundraising power of their fan bases, Waterboys is poised to have an incredible impact across the pond. The prospect of a multi-league initiative is exciting, and Waterboys has a unique opportunity to prove the value of cross league lines to make change.
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