Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long will donate his first six game checks this season to fund two scholarships for students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va., his foundation announced on Tuesday.
The scholarships will provide two students with a seven-year, all-expenses-paid school program, and are meant to "promote equality through education," per the Chris Long Foundation.
They will be administered by Long's alma mater, St. Anne's-Belfield School, which will collaborate with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia to identify two sixth graders who will have their tuition covered through high school.
Long and his wife, Megan, are making this decision in light of a series of white supremacist rallies that led to violence in the streets last month.
"In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry," the 32-year-old Long said in a statement. "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. We hope our investment will change the lives of the students who receive the scholarship and in turn, those students can positively impact others."