The Chris Harris Jr. Foundation was formed in 2012 by Chris and Leah Harris 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 the Underdog Academy Football Camp in his hometown of Tulsa, OK teaching young athletes football fundamentals and lessons in leadership. To kick off the school year, Chris hosts his annual Backpack Giveback in both Tulsa and Denver, providing over 500 kids in need fully loaded backpacks so they can thrive in the classroom. The foundation also hosts an annual winter clothing drive, gathering hundreds of warm clothing donations to benefit the Denver Children’s Home and Salvation Army’s Crossroads Shelter for men. During the holidays, Chris surprises 50 children from the Denver Children’s Home and Denver Salvation Army with a holiday shopping extravaganza. This is also when 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.
The Chris Harris Jr. foundation is always looking to expand its reach and identify new underdogs who deserve to be in the spotlight.