Obama brings awareness to Chris Long giving away an entire season's salary.
Earlier this season, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long announced that he would donate his entire 2017 salary to increase educational equality. Long gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.
His next 10 game checks, including the Eagles' season finale against the Cowboys this weekend, are going to charitable organizations in Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis “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.”
Today, Barack Obama brought awareness to Long's efforts in the community.
Obama has taken to twitter to shed light on several individuals that remind us what's best about America, including Long's willingness to play for free this year.
The veteran defensive end signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed. His base salary for this season is $1 million.
A statement on Long's "Pledge 10 For Tomorrow" campaign site reads,
"I'm encouraging fans, businesses and every person with a desire to join in my pursuit of equal education opportunities for all students to make their own pledge. My goal is that through this campaign my donation will be doubled by those inspired to join the effort -- because together we can accomplish more."
The four organizations selected by Long's foundations are all based in the three communities in which he has played during his 10-year NFL career (Philly, Boston and St. Louis). The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.