Some might scoff at the idea of throwing money at a problem, but put to good use, and an influx of cash can go a long way. After watching the hate-fueled melee that exploded in Charlottesville last month, Chris Long has decided to use his riches to help rebuild the community.
A Charlottesville native himself, Long has decided to donate six of his paychecks this season to fund a scholarship program for students in the Charlottesville area.
While speaking with Pro Football Talk, Long said that he wanted to combat the hatred and bigotry with his own positive investment in the community.
The scholarship fund will be administered through St. Anne’s-Belfield School and will go to two middle school students affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.
Following the events in Charlottesville, Long was vocal in his admonition of those who had the chance to “strike [hatred] down but didn’t.”
Now he’s putting his money where his mouth is by making a positive contribution to the area that played reluctant host to some of the ugliest exhibitions of hate and violence that the country has seen since the civil rights movement.