Action News on 6abc, 2/5/19   Charities praise ‘Man of the Year’ Chris Long’s off-field work


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — One of the winners at the Super Bowl was Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who edged out 31 other nominees to win the league’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Long’s foundation supports the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP), which provides intensive early literacy support for young children in Philadelphia.

The organization has been helping Tanisha Johnson’s sons Zaim and Zion Miller learn to read for the last two years.

“He doesn’t have to do anything outside of his profession except play football, so for him to step up and do something outside of his profession, that means he’s a good-hearted person,” said Johnson.

During weekly home visits, PCHP gives children educational items, interactive books and other supplies to encourage literacy. The Chris Long Foundation provides support for these families.

“He has a lot of books. I need a bookshelf from as many books that I have a received from this program,” said Johnson.

Long started his foundation in 2015, with causes that included clean water, supporting vets and youth education.


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