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NFL Player Donates Year’s Salary to Support Educational Equity

By Denisa R. Superville — October 31, 2017 1 min read

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long will donate his paycheck from the last 10 games of the National Football League season to groups that support educational equity and opportunity in Boston, St. Louis, and Philadelphia.

Long, who is from Charlottesville, Va., and is white, had already pledged to donate the salary from the first six games this season to fund scholarships in his hometown, where violence broke out this summer during a white-supremacist rally.

In Boston and Philadelphia, Long’s foundation will support Summer Search Boston and Summer Search Philadelphia, which provide mentoring and job opportunities for low-income students and students of color. In St. Louis, the funds will go to College Bound, which commits to getting low-income children to and through college, and the Little Bit Foundation, which works with schools to provide students with such necessities as clothes and school supplies.

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A version of this article appeared in the November 01, 2017 edition of Education Week as NFL Player Donates Year’s Salary To Support Educational Equity

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