A former college soccer player drafted into the National Football League last week did something else to celebrate his entry into the world of professional sports. Instead of gathering friends and families in a rented place or in his house, he held his design party in a homeless shelter that he was very familiar with.
According to the Sporting News, the former Alabama who ran back Najee Harris celebrated the 24th election in last week’s NFL draft. He celebrated his selection in the first round of the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program. This is a homeless shelter in Richmond, California that he, his parents, and four siblings lived in for several years before becoming one of the top college football candidates in the country.
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With donated groceries in hand, Harris made sure his accomplishment indulged in the place he needed to go when things weren’t looking so good for him and his family.
“There was a time when I needed a helping hand. They gave us the opportunity to get back on our feet, ”Harris told KRON TV station in San Francisco. “So it’s my job to give something back.”
“It was very emotional for my mother,” Harris also said. “Almost like she’s crying in a way because we have a lot of memories here. That was a time in my life when it was really low. “
Whichever team Alabama Najee Harris designs, he gets a special person. Today he hosted a children’s design party at the homeless shelter where he grew up for several years. He told me it was emotional when he first came back to visit. @ kron4news #NFLDraft #RollTide pic.twitter.com/JadBIFh4pd
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“Just to see him as a grown man with this kind of opportunity for him today and to know that he lived in this shelter among many other places where their family had to move and lives as a homeless man, he just talks to everything, which is possible. Kathleen Sullivan, executive director of the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, told ABC7 News.