PHILADELPHIA, PA, February 01, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Chris Long Foundation
announced today that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford was awarded a $25,000 donation by CARDONE Industries
to benefit the foundation's signature program, the Waterboys Initiative
. Bradford is one of 22 NFL player representatives, or "Waterboys," that are working to raise money to build clean water wells in East Africa through the program. CARDONE presented Bradford with the donation today at their headquarters in Philadelphia, to help construct a well in Tanzania in the Eagles' name.
"We are extremely grateful for this generous contribution from CARDONE Industries towards Waterboys," said founder Chris Long. "It truly special to have a homegrown Philadelphia company step up to support Sam's efforts to change the lives of thousands. This is what we hoped for when we began this journey last August. To join together fans, NFL stars and corporate partners to maximize the impact we can have on the clean water crisis."
Each sustainable well constructed through Waterboys costs $45,000 and provides water for communities of 5,000 to 7,500 people. The contribution from CARDONE marks the largest donation to date by any corporate sponsor for Waterboys. Bradford and the Eagles are now at the top of the "Waterboys" leaderboard with $33,028 raised to date in the competition to be the first "Waterboy" to reach the $45,000 goal.
"We are proud to be able to provide this leading contribution to Sam and to the Philadelphia Eagles' well," said Michael Cardone III, Executive Vice Chairman of CARDONE Industries and Chairman of WorldServe International. "Waterboys is a unique initiative that addresses the vital need for clean water in communities around the world. We hope our contribution will inspire other companies around the nation to support their own team's well. We share Waterboys' vision that working together can significantly increase our ability to make a difference for the millions without access to clean water throughout the world."
In addition to contributing to The Chris Long Foundation's Waterboys Initiative, CARDONE has supported the efforts of Waterboys' benefitting charity, WorldServe International, to bring clean water to East Africa. For more information about CARDONE Industries, connect with them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CARDONEIndustries
), Twitter (@CARDONEparts) or visit www.CARDONE.com
To learn more about Waterboys or to donate please visit www.waterboys.org
or download the Waterboys app in the Apple app store.
Waterboys got its start during a 2013 trip by Long to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Long was struck by the beauty of Tanzania and the vibrancy of its people, but also witnessed great suffering due to a lack of clean water. While in Tanzania, Long met Doug Pitt, Goodwill Ambassador for Tanzania, and John Bongiorno, President of the non-profit WorldServe International and was further educated on the needs and available solutions to the clean water crisis.
Returning home, Long began to envision a pathway to champion the need for clean water in East Africa and engage other NFL players in the cause. In 2015, Long created the Waterboys Initiative, selecting WorldServe International as its benefiting charity. Waterboys will work with WorldServe International to build wells to provide life-giving water and all that comes from it - the opportunity for education, good health, and economic stability. To date, Waterboys has raised over $480,000, enough to construct 10 wells in East African communities. There are currently 22 "Waterboys," including Long, on 21 teams that are committed to the effort; see a complete list at committed "Waterboys" at www.waterboys.or/waterboys_profiles
About CARDONE Industries:
CARDONE Industries, Inc., founded in 1970, is a leading supplier of automotive replacement parts with 6,000 employees across the USA, Canada and Mexico. In its commitment to deliver the right parts at the right time to its customers, CARDONE offers a full spectrum of products and services, including more than 80 remanufactured and new product lines. CARDONE's business is built on environmental sustainability, where millions of used parts are remanufactured and repurposed every year -- to O.E. or better performance.