RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Back to school is fast approaching. NFL star Anthony Harris returned to Richmond on Saturday to make sure kids in his hometown will be ready for the start of school.
Dozens of children and their families showed up for the event, many of whom brought home free school supplies, which would otherwise be an expensive part of the start of the school year for some families.
The event took place at Broad Rock Park in Richmond. Children were able to collect school essentials like free backpacks, pencils and notebooks while enjoying free food and games.
“It’s just about providing a safe good time for the community to hang out, recognize each other, continue to learn from each other and explore different things,” Harris said.
The back-to-school event has been around since 2019. It was organized in part by The Rock Project and the Anthony Harris Foundation. Harris is originally from Richmond and uses her experiences and knowledge to teach others by helping them become better versions of themselves.
“With the right mindset, working hard, keeping a positive attitude by doing the right thing in the classroom and in the community, you have the opportunity to pursue your dreams,” Harris explained.
The Rock Project has a similar message. The organization uses community events to give Richmond residents access to resources they might otherwise struggle to find.
“I just want to give back to them as much as I can because I was them, you know, and I have four kids myself,” said Darryl Johnston, who runs The Rock Project.
Anthony Harris also held two free football camps for kids earlier this week.
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