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Denver Broncos Cornerback Looking Out for the Underdogs

Chris Harris Jr. has been noticed for his work as a cornerback for the Denver Broncos. A talented athlete, it is no surprise that he is a key part of the Denver Broncos when he takes the field.  

Off the field, Harris continues to demonstrate his prowess in another area: mentoring. For the past couple of years, both he and his wife have actively participated as Big Brother Big Sister mentors and have organized and run programs with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.

Harris recognizes that much of his success stems from mentor figures he had in his life growing up. Participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters has allowed him to give back to his community and provide mentorship and positive opportunities for children and young people in the area. He sees the kids who need mentoring as “underdogs.”

Each year, Chris and his wife organize various activities and programs, including a yearly essay contest for local kids participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters. The winner and his Big have the opportunity to attend a Broncos game as Chris’ special guests, getting the chance to meet several players in a fun filled day. This years’ winner, Matthew, wrote an essay titled “What makes a leader?” The runner up, Jaeden, will receive a t-shirt and autographed football for his essay, “What does being an underdog mean to you?”

“Chris and his wife Leah represent the best of professional athlete role models in our community today. As Chris attributes much of his success to the mentorship he had growing up, he and Leah have been deeply involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, sponsoring wonderful activities and youth challenges, such as this essay contest. Their dedication to us and our matches and to the power of one-to-one mentoring is unprecedented. We’re grateful and honored to have them as friends.”

See Chris Harris Jr.’s recent blog entry from The Underdog Blog with Chris Harris Jr.

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