Chris Long To Launch Premium Interactive Network Chalk Media Featuring Athlete and Celebrity-Driven Original Content
Two-time Super Bowl Champion and NFL "Man of the Year" Chris Long To Drive Multi-Platform Network Premiering on Thursday, October 17 via Youtube
(October 17, 2019) - Chalk Media, a digital sports network owned by Chris Long, will make its online debut today on Youtube. Chalk Media will offer a wide variety of athlete and celebrity-focused content, including celebrity interviews, weekly podcasts, episodic shows, documentaries, and quick-hitting videos. The full digital network will be available in early 2020 with a subscription-based model that will offer unparalleled access to fans looking to engage with their favorite athletes and celebrities.
Chalk Media's YouTube channel will launch with the network's flagship program, "The Fish Bowl". With The Fish Bowl, the digital network plans to offer a series of interviews that will feature insightful and honest conversations with sports and entertainment personalities. The first interview, featuring NFL superstar Aaron Donald, will post today. Other prominent guests will include record industry giants Action Bronson and DJ Premiere, acclaimed novelist George R.R. Martin, business icon Michael Rubin and military hero Kirstie Ennis.
"Chalk will provide fresh, original content featuring unique sports and entertainment personalities," said Chris Long. "As a former professional athlete, I noticed a void in traditional sports media and the role that athletes have within it. Our mission is to give professional athletes a platform to express transparent thoughts and unfiltered opinions in an entertaining and irreverent way, while providing our audience with access and engagement not yet delivered in digital media."
Long, a two-time Super Bowl Champion (New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles) and reigning NFL "Man of the Year", played 11 seasons in the NFL. Currently, Long can be seen on Amazon's Thursday Night pregame show, NFL Next.
Long has extensive experience in charity and community service. The defensive end established the Chris Long Foundation in 2015 to achieve three philanthropic goals: clean water, military appreciation and youth education. Long's main initiative is Waterboys, a program that has united professional athletes and sports fans to raise funds and awareness to provide clean drinking water to East African communities in need.
Later in the season, he donated his 10 remaining game checks to organizations supporting educational equity and opportunity in the three cities where he had played professionally: St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia. In total, Long's efforts over the last two years have yielded $2.25 million in donations to educational equity programs. Long's "First Quarter for Literacy" program donated 75,000 new books to children in under-served neighborhoods in 2018 alone.
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Chris Long tells Jim Cramer the Inspiration Behind Donating his 2017 NFL Salary
By Bill Enright
October 10, 2019
Two time Super Bowl Champion and 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year Winner Chris Long talks to Jim Cramer about his life changing charity work.
Chris Long was the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, played ten years in the NFL and won two Super Bowls (Patriots and Eagles). Despite all those tremendous accomplishments on the field, it's what he's done off of it that resulted in receiving one of the NFL highest honors.
In 2018, Long was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year. Here's how the NFL describes the award: The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. The award was established in 1970. It was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton. Each team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact on his community.
In 2017, Long decided to donate his entire NFL salary. According to the Super Bowl Champion, donating his salary was the easy part, but Long told Jim Cramer the decision about going public with his donation was difficult. He didn't want to come across as "that guy" looking for publicity for making a donation to charity. Jim applauded Long's decision to shed light on his donations as the "force multiplier" factor certainly paid dividends.
The grassroots campaign helped vault Water Boys, which helps in "providing clean, accessible drinking water to communities in need" into the public eye. The Chris Long Foundation and Water Boys received so much support that public donations matched Long's one-million dollar contribution. The organization has provided clean drinking water to more than 299,000 people and achieved their initial goal of funding 32 "deep-bore wells" to communities in Africa in 2018. Their new goal is to provide access to clean drinking water to one million people around the globe, a mission Jim wanted to help support and thus donated $1,000 to Long's charity.
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