Chris Long will donate first six game checks to his former school in Charlottesville

Chris Long as a Patriots player in 2016.
Former New England Patriots defensive end Chris Long during the first half of a preseason game. –AP Photo/Winslow Townson

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Inspired to counter the notions that fueled the violent white supremacist rallies in his hometown earlier this summer, Chris Long has elected to donate his first six game checks to his former high school in Charlottesville.

The money will be used to fund scholarships for two members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. The students will receive the opportunity to attend St. Anne’s-Belfield, an independent boarding and day school, on a seven-year all expenses paid program. Serving students from pre-kindergarten through high school, St. Anne’s has been lauded for its high-quality education under the motto: “Body. Mind. Heart Soul.,”

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“In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry,” the ex-Patriots defensive end said in a press release. “Megan and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community.”

In March, Long signed a two-year, $4.5-million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. During training camp, the former University of Virginia football player called the events that transpired on his alma mater’s campus “despicable.”