Named for an often overlooked but integral position on any team, 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 this remarkable country. 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.

Long set a goal of recruiting a “waterboy” from each NFL team – and he’s on a strong trajectory to fund 32 wells through the initiative (which is part of his foundation’s overall mission). Through this unique opportunity for NFL players and their fans to work together, those in need of clean water emerging as the victors, with more than 20 wells – each facilitated in Tanzania by WorldServe – already built.

Meet the Waterboys

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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