Chris Long to donate first six game checks to fund Charlottesville scholarships

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Former New England Patriots defensive end, Chris Long, announced that he will be donating his first six game checks to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va.

In a lengthy Twitter message that he posted on Tuesday, Long explains that his goal is to promote educational opportunity to help improve his community.

The scholarships will provide two students at his alma mater, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, with a seven-year, all expenses-paid school program. The awards will go to two members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.

Long and his wife, Megan, were motivated to make a positive change in Charlottesville after white supremacy marches broke out this summer.

“In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry,” Long said. “Megan and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community.”

“With everything that happened over the summer, that really shed a negative light on a really good community that we have in Charlottesville, I thought it would be good to kind of put my money where my mouth was and take it out of a check that I get for doing something that I love.”

Follow Megan on Twitter: @carnahanmegan