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Our History

Chris Long, Joe Buck and Brad Pitt’s brother walk into a bar.

That’s the beginning of the true story of how Waterboys was founded. In the winter of 2013, Long traveled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro — Africa’s tallest peak.

He was celebrating completing the climb and contemplating how he might give back to a country that had given him such an amazing experience, when he ran into Joe Buck and Doug Pitt at his hotel bar. As Goodwill Ambassador to Tanzania, Pitt was in town building a sustainable water well, and Buck was along to assist.

It’s a place where the American dollar goes a long, long way. On top of that, giving the gift of clean water can make a very tangible, measurable and instant difference.

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They discussed the scarcity of drinking water in Tanzania and Pitt’s experience with the issue, and by the time Long was back home, the idea for Waterboys was born.

In 2015, he launched Waterboys with a goal of building 32 sustainable deep borehole wells — one for each team in the NFL. Thanks to the generosity of individual donors and corporate support, Waterboys achieved its initial goal in February 2018. Through its partnership with WorldServe International, Waterboys has helped more than 345,000 people gain access to a healthier, more productive way of life.

But we’re just warming up. In 2018 Waterboys expanded its efforts and its impact, recruiting Milwaukee Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon to help us reach a new goal: bringing clean water to 1 million people worldwide.

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About Chris's Football Career

Chris Long is entering his 11th season in the NFL and his second as a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles. Long won back to back Super Bowls in 2016 and 2017 as a member of the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and is the first and only active University of Virginia football player to have his number retired. In 2018, Long was named the recipient of the NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White Community MVP Award for his positive impact on his team city and communities across the country.

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Our Supporting Foundation

Waterboys is the hallmark initiative of the Chris Long Foundation. Learn more about the work the Chris Long Foundation is doing to support underserved youth, military members and veterans, and the homeless community at ChrisLongFoundation.org.

The Chris Long Foundation

Our Benefitting Charity

WorldServe International

WorldServe International is a U.S. 501c3 nonprofit organization, and is a leading provider of clean water wells in sub-Saharan Africa.