Harrison Phillips: A Nurturer by Nature

The defensive tackle began hosting “Harrison’s Sports Camps,” intentionally leaving football out the name because the programming reaches far behind Harrison’s sport of choice. His camps include a basketball station, a soccer station and drill stations for various football positions.

But the camps are about much more than athletic prowess.

“You might go play soccer and then your next station is a petting zoo – and we have goats and donkeys and bunny rabbits. And then you go to basketball, and then your next station is face painting,” Harrison explained. “And then you have the quarterback station, and then the next one is we have this huge, inflatable bounce-house obstacle course.

“It’s not all work. It’s work and play,” he added. “Sports are so great for proving this independence, right? Failing and getting back. Shooting nine shots, missing all nine, but believing in yourself that you’re gonna make the 10th one.”

Just like playing backyard soccer with his mom’s daycare kids, Harrison – a two-time Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee – makes sure no camper is ever left out, regardless of physical or cognitive ability.

As you can imagine, it’s not easy for a 6-foot-3, 300-pound individual to go through an inflatable obstacle course meant for kids, but Harrison has carried children with Spina Bifida through the colorful gauntlet. He’s helped create unique basketball drills to allow blind children to participate.

The camps include numerous children with…

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