Post originally appeared on Pro Sports Notes
February 5, 2019
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Conquering Kili: Birds who fly together climb mountains together
Posted on February 5, 2019
The Conquering Kili program
The Conquering Kili program, according to the Waterboys website, “raises funding for wells while empowering veterans by proving that anything is possible, taken inch by inch.” Walter Payton Man of the Year, Eagles own Chris Long climbs Mount Kilimanjaro alongside former Seattle Seahawk, and Green Beret, Nate Boyer alongside vets and NFL players.
What does the Conquering Kili challenge represent?
The summit of the mountain represents the journey by African women to find clean water for their families. While they train for their journey up the mountain, the players and vets raise awareness and money to provide clean water and closer wells to these people in Africa.
So far, the Waterboys initiative has built 55 wells throughout Tanzania. According to their website, each well can serve up to 7,500 people. Therefore, to date, the wells have served over 200,000 people in need of clean water. It’s easy to see why Long won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Who will be joining this year’s Conquering Kili climb?
Long announced the rosters joining the Conquering Kili climb for 2019. As you can see, there are some familiar names on there. Over the last few weeks, Long had been campaigning for former Eagle, Beau Allen to join the climb.
Apparently, the peer pressure worked and Allen committed to join his former teammate on the summit. In addition to some former teammates of Long’s, there are some current ones joining him as well. Eagles center, Jason Kelce, and defensive tackle, Haloti Ngata will also be climbing the mountain and raising money to support the Waterboys initiative.
This is just another testament to the togetherness of this Eagles team, and to the kind of character these men have. Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet to the top. That’s 3.5 miles! This climb is no easy task, but by raising money and executing the climb, they’re helping thousands of people in need. Once again, the Eagles are lucky to have some amazing human beings on their roster.
How can you help?
To support Chris Long, Nate Boyer, Beau Allen, Jason Kelce, Haloti Ngata, and the other players and vets for the Conquering Kili program, click here.