Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long will donate his first six game checks of the season to fund a pair of seven-year scholarships to middle school students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va., the Eagles announced Tuesday in a news release through the Chris Long Foundation.
The scholarships will be administered by Long's alma mater, St. Anne's-Belfield School, which will award them to two members of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia.
Long said in a statement that the white supremacy marches held in Charlottesville during the summer spurred him and his wife Megan to set up the scholarships.
"In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry," Long said in the news release. "Megan and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community."
"We want these scholarships to be reflective of what the 'Cville' community is really about — supporting one another, social equality and building up those in our community who need it," he added. "We hope our investment will change the lives of the students who receive the scholarship and in turn, those students can positively impact others."
Long's charity has also been involved with such issues as clean water and homelessness.
News of Long's donation was met with praise from many.