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Founded by NFL player, Chris Long, and supported by the Chris Long Foundation, the Waterboys Initiative brings together athletes from across the NFL to raise money and awareness to bring clean water to people in East Africa.

A unique chance for NFL players and their fans to “compete” on a new platform – with those in need of clean water emerging as the victors.

The Cause


Nearly 1 in 5 deaths......

under the age of 5 occur are water-illness disease related diseases.

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50% of hospital beds......

are occupied by patients suffering from water-related illness.

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Clean water......

is foundational to sustainable health, education, employment, and agriculture.

The Plans

Since October, 2014, St. Louis Rams Captain, Chris Long, has been recruiting team leaders from across the NFL to serve as their teams’ Waterboys. More than ten players (from ten different teams) have already expressed interest in taking on the role, with new commitments regularly being made.

Each locker room will set and work to raise a fundraising goal, providing their own funds and engaging their fanbases in the cause, to bring clean water to those who struggle to find water every day. This is a unique chance for NFL players and their fans to take gridiron competition to a new level – where the true victors are the tens of thousands of people – many of them children – who will receive clean water.

Long says: “As athletes, we know that water is essential to life. As athletes, we also have a tremendous opportunity to use our platforms to make an immediate, surefire difference. With football as its foundation, The Waterboys Initiative will grow yearly to help change the lives of millions of people in desperate need.”

In mid-June, the Waterboys.org site will unveil the enhanced social media and engagement tools behind this “competition for a cause.”



Chris Long, Chairman



Doug Pitt, Goodwill Ambassador to Tanzania

Charity Partner


WorldServe International

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