CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- St. Anne's-Belfield school graduate Chris Long will donate his first six game checks with the Philadelphia Eagles to fund scholarships at his alma mater.
The Chris Long Scholarships "will promote equality through education by providing two students with a seven-year all expenses paid school program," STAB said in a release announcing Long's initiative on Tuesday. Long graduated from the school in 2004.
The idea for the scholarships came after Long and his wife Megan watched the racial violence that unfolded in Charlottesville last month.
"In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry," Long said in a statement. "Megan and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community."
STAB will work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia to find two students to receive the scholarships. They will be awarded to students entering sixth grade, and will provide tuition through high school graduation.
"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 said.
Long is in his 10th NFL season, and first with the Eagles. The 2003 Gatorade State Player of the Year during his senior season at STAB, Long went on to an All-American college career at UVA before being selected second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.