The Philadelphia Eagles defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he's using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.
The charitable initiative encourages people to make donations to improve equal education opportunities.
"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."
Long is no stranger to charity or activism. The Chris Long Foundation
has been running since 2015 and has worked on
multiple initiatives from digging clean water wells in Africa to supporting local youth programs in his hometown.
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 based in the three communities in which Long has played during his NFL career. The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.
"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."
Long grew up in Charlottesville and starred in high school at St. Anne's-Belfield before going to the University of Virginia. He was moved to start the scholarship program following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August.
"Our hometown is a wonderful place, and I feel like people got the wrong idea about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about," he said.
Associated Press. “Chris Long to Donate Rest of 2017 Salary to Education Equality Efforts, Begins Foundation.” ESPN, ESPN Internet Ventures, 18 Oct. 2017, www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21061905/philadelphia-eagles-defensive-end-chris-long-now-donating-entire-season-salary.