The Chris Harris Jr. Foundation was formed in 2012 by Chris Harris Jr. to provide underprivileged youth with unique opportunities so they can more adequately achieve their goals.
Chris always viewed himself as an underdog. The Super Bowl Champion was not heavily recruited out of high school and went undrafted after a successful college career. He has worked tirelessly to overcome the odds but acknowledges that he would never have been able to achieve his NFL dream without the people along the way that believed in him as much as he believed in himself. There are thousands of children in Denver and across the country who are also underdogs, the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation’s mission is to help those kids rise above their circumstances and strive for greatness. For Chris, every underdog deserves a shot at success.
Each summer Chris holds his Underdog Academy Football & Cheer Camp in his hometown of Tulsa, OK teaching young athletes football fundamentals and lessons in leadership. 2017 will be Chris’ first year sponsoring the Tulsa Bulldog Basketball team. Chris loves basketball and looks forward to coaching and encouraging the Bulldogs as they rise to the top!
Chris and his wife, Leah also work closely with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. In 2013 the Harrises created the Underdog Success Program, challenging students to excel in the classroom, contribute to their community and get active. During the holidays the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation hosts its annual Holidays with the Harrises event in Denver, CO where the foundation’s biggest supporters get a once in a lifetime chance to mingle with Denver Broncos players, participate in silent and live auctions and enjoy a five star meal. Chris also looks forward to his annual Shop with a Jock, where he surprises 50 children from the Denver Children’s Home and Denver Salvation Army with a holiday shopping spree.
The Chris Harris Jr. foundation is always looking to expand its reach and identify new underdogs who deserve to be in the spotlight.