STAB shows support for Chris Long through #VarsityWater

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The same field where Chris Long's future in the game started and now the turf field plays a role in his journey off the field.

"Everything he's done to support us, I think anybody would jump on board to help him out," St. Anne's-Belfield football coach John Blake said.

The STAB football team and kids teamed up to play football for a purpose, supporting Long's Waterboys campaign with the start of #VarsityWater, a way to get schools involved.

"If every student in America donated just one dollar, it would be around $24 million, which makes so many wells, which is a great thing," Isabella Frank said, who helped organize the first #VarsityWater campaign at STAB.

And reaching schools starts with Chris' alma mater and while he took part in Philadelphia Eagles' OTAs, he made sure to send his support.

"Decided to go to the bullpen for the big, old right-hander and brought me in," Chris' father Howie Long said, "But I know how excited and proud Chris is of Isabella Frank and the student body at St. Anne's."

This football game just the tip of the iceberg with more initiatives to come in the fall.

"#VarsityWater waterboy, which means they could just give like a little fourth-grader, could give the varsity team water," Frank said.

"Get everybody aware of what's going on and what Waterboys is all about and I think the story is all about and I think the story itself do everything for the fundraising," Blake said.

While it starts in Charlottesville, the end game is a much wider target.

"You think about the number of high schools in just the state of Virginia and then you go nationally," Long said, "If you just get a small percentage of high schools to get on board you can meet that goal in no time."

"I want it to be able to go across the U.S. so everybody can have it, so it's not just here," Frank said, "Starting it here is great because we can other schools in Virginia and then hopefully branch out to other states."



 
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