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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to
increase educational equality.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end already gave up his first six game
checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville Authentic
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, Virginia. Now, he’s using the next 10 to
launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.

”My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for
upward mobility and equality Authentic
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,” 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.”

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Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles Authentic
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, including a $500,000 signing bonus and
$1.5 million guaranteed. His base salary in 2017 is $1 million.

The charitable initiative encourages people to make donations to improve
equal education opportunities. Long began his career in St. Louis in 2008 and
played for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season. Long’s
foundation has selected four organizations 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.

The four organizations are based in the three communities in which Long has
played during his NFL career. The city that raises the most money during the
season will receive an additional $50 Authentic
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,000 donation.

”There’s a lot of opportunities to help out and they’re wonderful
organizations,” Long said. ”We have such a great platform as football players
and hopefully fans get behind it.”

Long grew up in Charlottesville and starred in high school at St.
Anne’s-Belfield before going to the University of Virginia. He was moved to
start the scholarship program following the violent protests in Charlottesville
in August.

”Our hometown is a wonderful place and I feel like people got the wrong idea
about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about Authentic
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,” he said.

Online: www.pledgeit.org/Pledge10

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