Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long announced on Friday morning that he’s donating a quarter of his post-tax 2018 salary – about $400,000 – to child literacy.
Last year, Long donated his entire $1 million salary to educational initiatives.
Calling it the “First Quarter for Literacy,” Long is partnering with the United Way and Philadelphia’s “Read By Fourth,” which aims to ensure that every child in the city is reading on grade level by fourth grade.
As Long tweeted, studies show that if kids are reading at grade level by the start of fourth grade, “they are much more likely to success in school, graduate on time, and go on to earn more throughout their lives.”
In 2016 and 2017, almost two-thirds of children in Philadelphia entered fourth grade unable to read at grade level.