Clean Water Partner Names Myles Garrett New Captain of the NFL Waterboys Program

Chris Long Shares Exciting Waterboys News

When I announced my retirement in May, the momentum of Waterboys and its visibility in the NFL weighed heavily on my mind. I knew my job was to find an active player who not only shares my passion for clean water but will get creative on how to champion NFL Waterboys and accelerate its growth.

Since NFL Waterboys has always been a team effort, looking to the roster of athletes already supporting the program was a natural start. Many of our Waterboys have made multi-year commitments to their well funding efforts and helped us raise awareness in key markets around the country. Our bench is deep, but one guy immediately stepped up to the challenge.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce Myles Garrett, of the Cleveland Browns, as the new captain of the NFL Waterboys roster.

I know Myles is up for the task and luckily, he’s surrounded by an amazing set of NFL Waterboys veterans and some new fresh faces. Check out our roster below.

  • Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns
  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears
  • Beau Allen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams
  • Brett Hundley, Arizona Cardinals
  • Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys

This week, to kick off season 5 of NFL Waterboys and celebrate his new role, Myles is rallying his Dawg Pound to join him on our journey of delivering clean water to 1 million people by recruiting fans to join our effort.

And in the coming weeks, it will be your turn!

Each Waterboy will be using their bye week to add to our momentum and build a team of clean water supporters in their home market. So whether you’re flying an Eagles flag, part of Buc Nation, down for Da Bears, loyal to the Boys or anywhere in between – stay tuned to REPRESENT and IMPACT this crisis.

While Myles is holding it down on the field, I see my role expanding in other ways – recruiting new players, speaking to groups and organizations about the power of clean water, advocating with fans who want to see change in the clean water space, and supporting my team in expansion efforts with new leagues.

Suffice it to say, I’m accelerating through retirement.

Let’s do this!

Chris Long
Waterboys Founder
Super Bowl Champion LI & LII
2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year

Our Partnership with Waterboys

WorldServe International has proudly implemented Waterboys well projects since 2014! Waterboys unites NFL players from across the league in addressing the clean water crisis in East Africa. Founded by NFL player Chris Long, a serendipitous meeting in Tanzania with WorldServe president, John Bongiorno, and trustee, Doug Pitt, led to Chris’ newfound passion for Tanzania. His desire to give back found a sweet spot with the connections and track record of WorldServe, one of the largest providers of clean water in East Africa.

Tanzania Water Fund

The Tanzania Water Fund is based in Phoenix Arizona and has been funding wells in Singida, Tanzania for over 15 years.  Ten years ago, TWF and WorldServe forged a partnership for mutual funding of water projects in this region because of the severity of the need for clean water.  Since then, TWF has partnered on over 35 clean water projects and intends to continue partnering with us to accomplish its mission: to solve the water problem in Singida by seeing that a deep well, power source and storage tank is provided to each village in the district. Dean Riesen, Chairman of Tanzania Water Fund, also serves as a board member of WorldServe International.

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