This NFL Player Just Donated His Paycheck to Kids in Need

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Chris Long

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This football player is determined to earn a win for those who don’t have access to quality educations. Chris Long, the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive end player wants everyone to have the chance to pursue academic opportunities. In an effort to use his influence to make a lasting impact on the younger generations, he decided to donate the rest of this year’s salary to a cause that champions the right to a good education for all students.

“As you may already know, I have committed my first 6 game checks to fund scholarships in my hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia,” says Long. “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.

While the athlete could have made a sizable donation that would have made a huge difference in the lives of many, Long took his pledge one step further and committed to playing the entire 2017 season without earning an income.

Long’s belief that education is the best “gateway to a better tomorrow for all Americans,” is one of many examples of superstars putting their resources to good use to make the world a better place.

And the Eagles player isn’t stopping with his own contribution. Long is encouraging fans, businesses, and anyone who can make a donation as part of his Pledge 10 For Tomorrow campaign, an initiative that supports educational equality.

Although his initial pledge is heartwarming enough, Long’s desire to team up with as many people as possible to make a real difference is what earns him a goodwill MVP award in our book.

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