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Chris Long donating first six paychecks for educational scholarship in Charlottesville

The Virginia alum aims to improve educational equity in his hometown.

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Chris Long, a native of Charlottesville and Virginia football alum, is making a generous donation in the name of helping students in his hometown. Long won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots last season and is playing for the Philadelphia Eagles this season. According to a press release issued Tuesday, the Chris Long Foundation announced Chris will donate his first six paychecks of the season to fund scholarships for two students in Charlottesville.

Long will be partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia and St. Anne’s Belfield School (Long’s former school) for the scholarships. If you look at the details around Long’s contract with the Eagles, six paychecks comes out to approximately $695,000 as his one-year guaranteed is $1.85 million.

According to the above press release, Long and his wife Megan were affected deeply by August’s events in Charlottesville.

“In August we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry. Megan and I decided to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community.”

Well done by Chris and Megan Long for taking steps to positively impact the Charlottesville community.