Eagles defensive end Chris Long has a lot to celebrate after his recent Super Bowl win. But the championship game isn’t his only notable achievement in the last year.
Chris, who has been playing in the NFL for 10 seasons, decided to donate every game check he earned in 2017 to help fund academic scholarships.
The first 10 paychecks went to help students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.
However, the now two-time Super Bowl champion upped the stakes for the remaining 10 checks by creating the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign in October. Its goal was to raise money for kids in the three cities where Chris has played professionally: Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis.
Fans from those cities were encouraged to match Chris’s donations, and he even agreed to give an additional $50,000 to the city with the most individual pledges.
Luckily, Chris’ fans stepped up and raised an astonishing $1,326,799 toward educational equality. Needless to say, that will help a lot of kids’ lives, and their futures are instantly looking brighter.
Chris remains extremely humble about his philanthropy, saying, “I’m not the first guy to donate a lot of money, in the world or in the NFL, so I don’t want to make it out like it’s something special.”
However, there is no denying that Chris’ commitment to using his platform as an athlete to change the world for the better is worth tipping our hats to.
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