In a showing of charity, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long pledged to donate his first six paychecks of the 2017-2018 NFL season to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Besides providing two students with a seven-year, all expenses paid college education, there is another message Long wants to get out to the world…
Equality Through Education
Chris Long made it a point to say these scholarships “promote equality through education.” Long and his wife Megan were inspired to start this charity after the brutal events unfolded in Charlottesville this past summer.
In August, Long and his wife “watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry.” To combat this, the two want to contribute a positive investment in the community.
Role Model For Society
Despite being an NFL player, Long admits that he is an “older guy” and he’s “not taking a ton of money relative to NFL standards.” Still, he believes any small amount of money helps in a given community. He’s “just trying to turn a negative into a positive.”
Long is just one of many athletes to put their money where their mouth is as of late. Let’s check out some other inspiring examples of NFL charity…
J.J. Watt Setting Records Off The Field
In 2014, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt became the first player in history to have two 20+ sack seasons. His on the field highlights are no mystery to his fans, but recently, he started setting records off the field.
After Hurricane Harvey destroyed the Houston area, Watt started his own relief fund. No one expected just how effective it was going to be…
The King Of Crowdfunding
Watt’s crowdfunding campaign quickly surpassed $10 million, making it the largest and fastest growing crowdfunding event in the history of crowdfunding. Usually, these types of operations take weeks of organization and large teams of experts.
For Watt, it took just a few minutes on the fundraiser site YouCaring.com, eventually closing at over $37 million in donations.