Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has pledged to donate his first six game checks this season to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. The player and his wife, Megan, wanted to help students after protests there last month turned violent.
The scholarships will provide two students with a seven-year, all-expenses-paid school program and will be administered by Long’s alma mater, St. Anne’s-Belfield School. The Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia will award two of their members with the scholarships.
"In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry," Long says in a statement. "Megan and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community."