Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long is playing for free this season.
After donating his first six game checks to fund scholarships in Charlottesville, Long announced he’s donating his remaining 10 game checks to “further his support of educational equity.”
It’s not often that you see an NFL player donate an entire year’s pay to charity. It’s unclear if it’s ever happened before. This is an awesome move by Long.
Long has made it clear that he doesn’t want to “stick to sports” and instead wants to use his platform to create positive change in the community. He’s putting his money where his mouth is.
The Eagles signed Long to a two-year, $4.5 million contract this offseason. On the field, he’s been a valuable contributor as a rotational pass rusher. His off-field efforts make him even easier to root for.
More information from the official press release.
The Chris Long Foundation announced today that Chris Long will donate his upcoming 10 NFL game checks to further his support of educational equity. In conjunction with his contribution, Long is launching the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign. The campaign encourages fans, businesses and every person with a desire to join in his pursuit of equal education opportunities for all students to make a donation. The goal is that Long’s donation will be matched by pledges made by those inspired to join the effort -- because together we can accomplish more.
“In my 10th year, I want to celebrate the awesome opportunity I’ve had to play football by giving back to the communities that have given me that gift,” said Long. “Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.”
Long’s 10 game check donation is in addition to the six game checks he previously donated to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, VA. In summation, Long is donating his entire 2017 salary to education-based causes because he believes education is the key to building a bright future that produces social equality.
Long’s foundation has identified four organizations whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character. The four organizations are based in the three communities in which Long has played during his NFL career: St. Louis, Mo., Boston, Ma., and Philadelphia, Penn.
Three of the four organizations identified (Summer Search Boston, Summer Search Philadelphia and College Bound), provide a holistic support system to each student beginning in their sophomore year of high school through the completion of their undergraduate degree. Summer Search and College Bound provide mentoring, develop academic competency and nourish the overall well-being of students facing systemic inequities that could deter their pursuit of higher education. The Little Bit Foundation in St. Louis begins their student advocacy program in elementary school and addresses the needs of the whole child – body, mind and spirit – so that students can focus on their education all the way through graduation.
Each of the four organizations participating in the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow (#Pledge10) campaign will receive a $100,000 donation from Long. Fans and business are encouraged to join Long by pledging a recurring donation for each game remaining in the NFL regular season or by making a pledge of $10. The city with the most pledges to the campaign will receive an additional $50,000 from Long.
The #Pledge10 campaign was launched in hopes of inspiring others to be a part of the change set forth in Long’s mission of spreading educational equity.
“By joining forces we will have the power to make a bigger impact and create a rich, educated culture for all of our youth,” said Long. “These kids will be the kids that can propel positive change in their communities.”
For those that wish to join the cause and/or learn more about the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign and its beneficiaries, please visit www.pledgeit.org/Pledge10.