Chris Long donating six paychecks to fund Charlottesville scholarships

Eagles defensive end Chris Long and The Chris Long Foundation have announced a sweeping gesture to aid Long’s hometown of Charlottesville. Long is donating his first six game checks of this season to fund two scholarships to promote “equality through education.”

The two seven-year all expenses paid scholarships will be administered at Long’s alma mater, St. Anne’s Belfield School, and open to two members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.

The tragic events in Charlottesville this summer inspired Long and his wife, Megan, to make a positive impact

“In August we watched people fill our hometown streets with bigotry and hatred,” said Long. “Megan and I decided to try and combat those actions with our own positive impact in the community.”

Long was outspoken in the aftermath of Charlottesville, and particularly critical of President Trump.

“This isn’t a political issue. This is right or wrong. I believe you’re on one side or the other. For me, being from Charlottesville, no one wants to see you sit idly by and watch that stuff happen and not say anything,” Long said via CSN Philly. “And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn’t.”