Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End Chris Long has pledged a quarter of his 2018 salary to launch the “First Quarter for Literacy” drive to increase literacy among young children.
Partnering with Read by 4th and the United Way, the drive aims to raise funds to distribute books to underserved children in Philadelphia and across the country. Here in Philadelphia, Long and his wife Megan will distribute more than 25,000 books to children in underserved communities; they’ll also fund the creation of three Chris Long Book Nooks to serve as neighborhood-based reading areas for families
This isn’t the first time Long has donated parts of his salary in education, last year, Long donated his entire salary to support education in Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis.
In addition to a quarter of his salary, Long will match donations up to $25,000 for any player on an opposing road team who donates funds to distribute books to communities in their playing market. So far, Beau Allen, defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has given $5,000. The Chris Long Foundation will donate $10,000 worth of books to the Tampa community.
After coming across statistics indicating those children who are not reading at grade level are more likely to drop out of high school – six times as likely for those children born into poverty – Long motivated to partner with Read by 4th and the United Way. Speaking to ESPN, long said: “I hope that it changes parents’ perspectives on how important it is, and how much they should cherish their time with their kids at night, reading 20 minutes a day, and the books that they have.”
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