Joey Harrington makes his living throwing footballs, and he'll be sharing his success by handing off money.
The nonprofit Harrington Family Foundation, which the former University of Oregon quarterback created after signing his $36.5 million contract with the Detroit Lions, will kick into high gear this year with some charitable giving.
The foundation will put on a concert June 26 at the Crystal Ballroom featuring Jason Mraz and Blues Traveler. Harrington plans to be there; he likes Mraz, a Dave Matthews-style performer. The event benefits the Shriners Hospital.
Harrington's alma mater, Central Catholic High, plans to install FieldTurf for football and soccer at Fernhill Park Ñ at the former Whitaker Middle School in Northeast Portland Ñ and make improvements to its on-campus field. The Fernhill field also will benefit youth teams. The foundation has made a $250,000 donation, or roughly half the projected cost of the fields.
Harrington's Web site, www.joeyharrington3.com, will provide opportunities for signed memorabilia to be given to charities for sale. The Web site is still under construction.
'We have had considerable requests for autographed memorabilia,' says John Harrington, Joey's father.
John Harrington, David Douglas High principal, plans to retire in December after 33 years in education. With Harrington working hard for his second NFL season Ñ the first under new Detroit coach Steve Mariucci Ñ John Harrington and his wife, Valerie, will operate the Harrington Family Foundation. Their son started the foundation, which has been designated to support youth education and activities, with part of his $13 million signing bonus.