Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end Chris Long has donated his entire football season’s salary to charities pursuing equal opportunities in education to underserved youths and victims of the Charlottesville protest.
Long announced that he was launching the "Pledge 10 for Tomorrow" campaign and will give ten of his game checks to the campaign to encourage others to participate in his cause. The NFL star has previously donated six of his paychecks to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, VA.
"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 affect change that we all want to see in this country."
Long's announcement to donate to educational charities comes after an alt-right protest in August turned deadly in Charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring several others.
"There's a lot of opportunities to help out and they're wonderful organizations," Long added. "We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it."