I don't know what we did to deserve Chris Long, but I am so glad he choose Philly and the Eagles. He is just A-MAZ-ING! If you remember, last year he also donated his salary of about $1 million to provide scholarships for two people in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, and to launch the "Pledge 10 for Tomorrow" campaign, which raised more than $1.75 million for organizations dedicated to promoting educational equity and opportunity in the three cities where Long has played: St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia.
This year he's pledging a quarter of his 2018 salary to launch the "First Quarter for Literacy" drive to help increase early literacy among young children.
Partnering with the United Way and in support of Philadelphia's Read By Fourth campaign, the goal is to put more books into the hands of kids in underserved neighborhoods and raise awareness about the direct connection between early-reading proficiency and quality of life over the long term.
"Kids don't have a choice. Kids don't pick their parents, they don't pick their economic background, they don't pick the neighborhood they grew up in, they don't pick any of the factors that can hold them back, they don't pick their school system," Long said. "So [investing in them], it just feels like you're doing something productive. ... I just feel like this is something where you're going to see results."