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Chris Long donating 6 game checks to scholarship fund

Philadelphia Eagles' Chris Long stands beside Malcolm Jenkins as he raises his fist during the national anthem before a preseason game Philadelphia Eagles’ Chris Long stands beside Malcolm Jenkins as he raises his fist during the national anthem before a preseason game. More
Kristopher Love | 20 September, 2017, 04:40

The Chris Long Scholarships will promote equality through education by providing two students with a seven-year all expenses paid school program.

The scholarships will be administered by Long's former high school, St. Anne's-Belfield School.

"In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry", Long said in a statement Tuesday. "Megan (Long's wife) and I made a decision to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community".

Following an ugly scene in Charlottesville in August, when a series of white supremacist rallies led to violence in the streets, Long spoke out and called the actions of some of the protestors "despicable".

Long, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and attended the University of Virginia.

In the process, Long reportedly became the first white NFL player to participate in a protest during the national anthem.

The socially-conscious Long has never been shy about not sticking to sports.

Long is no stranger to giving back to his community and beyond.

"We hope our investment will change the lives of the students who receive the scholarship and in turn, those students can positively impact others", Long said.

The donation is Long's latest reaction to the troubles that hit his hometown.

"I've heard a lot of people say you need white athletes to get involved in the anthem protests", he said.

"I think it's a good time for people that look like me to be there for people that are fighting for equality", he said after the first time he stood with Jenkins, a pregame ritual the pair have kept so far in the season.

"I would have felt really unusual, morally, if I hadn't done something", Long had said of supporting Jenkins.