Chris Long, Nate Boyer Set to Conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro

March 7, 2017 • Ben Heck • Foundations/Charity Work, Front Page, Press Release

Press release: Former NFL players and military combat veterans are teaming up with the Waterboys Initiative for its second-annual climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise awareness and funds for water scarcity; The 2016-17 “Conquering Kili” Class begins the climb on Tuesday, March 7 

Waterboys is set to kick off its second-annual climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro alongside military combat veterans and alumni of the National Football League today, The Chris Long Foundation announced.

The summit, which is known as “Conquering Kili,” is an extension of the Waterboys Initiative created by Patriots Defensive End CHRIS LONG and NATE BOYER, a Green Beret and former Seattle Seahawk, with the goal of amplifying awareness of water scarcity and empowering former NFL players and military combat veterans to continue their commitment to service.

“We’ve got an incredible class of climbers who humbly accepted our challenge to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro,” Long said. “This summit is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but our 2016-17 ‘Conquering Kili’ class will climb with the added weight of helping impoverished communities gain access to clean water. The entire group has been dedicated and faithful throughout the fundraising and training process, but now we’re ready start the climb.”

For the second consecutive season, Long and Boyer challenged veterans and former NFL alumni to join them on their mission to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro. The 2016-17 Class includes:

·       Chris Long, “Conquering Kili” Co-Captain; NFL Defensive End (New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams)

·       Nate Boyer, “Conquering Kili” Co-Captain; Former Green Beret and NFL Long Snapper (Seattle Seahawks)

·       Chad Brown, Former NFL Linebacker (Pittsburgh, Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots)

·       Luis Castillo, Former NFL Defensive End (San Diego Chargers)

·       Major Ivan Castro, Retired, United States Army

·       Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, Retired, United States Marine Corps

·       Nick Hardwick, Former NFL Offensive Lineman (San Diego Chargers)

·       Jim Mora, Head Coach of UCLA Football

·       Lisa Keys, Wife of the Late U.S. Army Sgt. Bradley Keys

·       Mark Pattison, Former NFL Wide Receiver (LA Raiders, LA Rams, New Orleans Saints)

·       Cory Procter, Former NFL Offensive Lineman (Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins)

·       Pete Quintanilla, Retired, United States Army

This year’s class of climbers was tasked with raising $150,000 to support the climb and to construct clean water wells. Last year, “Conquering Kili” raised $110,000 and built two wells to benefit the Longido Secondary School and the Mwanga School for the Deaf. Over 5,500 Africans are served on a daily basis through these two wells alone.

The 2016-17 “Conquering Kili” group will spend 10 days in East Africa. The trip will include visits to East African water projects and a six-day Kilimanjaro hike. In honor of the program’s supporters, the team will carry a flag up the summit with the names of donors who contributed $25 or more to the cause. To date, the Waterboys Initiative and its sub-program, “Conquering Kili,” has delivered clean water to over 56,000 people and funded 17 sustainable wells.

For more information please contact Nicole Woodie at

Photo: Associated Press

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