Chris Long leads by example. For much of his career, the professional NFLer has used his platform to preach the importance of education and learning equality. Talking is one thing. But, Chris Long is a man of action.
Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end pledged the remaining 10 paychecks of his 2017/18 season to support educational equality and opportunity in St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia. That’s in addition to the first 6 game checks that he already used to fund a couple of scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, VA.
Not including playoffs, there are only 16 games in an NFL season. Meaning Mr. Long gave up a year’s salary.
“My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality,” Long said. “I think we can all agree that equity in education can help effect change that we all want to see in this country.”
Through his foundation, Long plans to distribute his donation evenly across four organizations that focus on bringing education to underserved youth and providing students with much-needed support.
“As you may already know, I have committed my first 6 game checks to fund scholarships in my hometown of Charlottesville, VA. Now, I’m pledging my last 10 game checks to organizations supporting educational equity and opportunity in St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia – the three cities that I’ve called home throughout my NFL career. I’m playing the entire 2017 NFL season without collecting income because I believe that education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for EVERYONE I nAmerica. I’m uncouraging fans, businesses and every person with a desire to join my pursuit of equal education opportunities for all students to make their own pledge. My goal is that through this campaign my donation will be doubled by those inspired to join the effort – because together we can accomplish more.” – Chris Long
And remember, you don’t have to be a professional football player to advocate for educational equality. Chris Long is asking you (yes, you) to “Pledge 10 For Tomorrow” by pledging whatever you can for the remaining 10-weeks of the NFL season. Even $10 goes a long way. You can do that right here.