This year we’ve seen a plethora of athletes doing more for the well being of others than our own government. With players like J.J. Watt and Desaun Watson, and teams like The Pirates donating to hurricane relief and underpaid lunch ladies, it seems the giving trend has only begun.
Chris Long, the defensive end on the Philadelphia Eagles, has announced that he will be donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality. He has already given up his first six game checks for two scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Now he’s using the next 10 towards his new foundation, the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.
A big thank you to Clayton Financial for getting involved in the St Louis community through #Pledge10. They've donated $10,000!! Huge help!
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) October 18, 2017
“My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality,” Long told the Associated Press. “I think we can all agree that equity in education can help effect change that we all want to see in this country.”
What’s that famous saying? “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It’s encouraging to see athletes who get paid bucket loads, actually giving up their paychecks to help others who are much less fortunate. Not only that but actually supporting future generations? We should be so lucky.
Long’s foundation has selected 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 located in cities in which Long has played during his career, and the city to raise to most money before the end of the season gets a $50,000 bonus.
But it’s not only athletes who should be helping:
“There’s a lot of opportunities to help out, and they’re wonderful organizations,” Long said. “We have such a great platform as football players, and hopefully fans get behind it.”
Players are finally recognizing the raised platform they stand on and the power they truly to create change in this country. J.J. Watts fund proves that civilians care too, and with the players providing the outlets that the people can actually trust, the bond between the two will make all the difference.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 18, 2017