Denver Nuggets’ Gary Harris hosts Strikes For Kids bowling event

by Eric Spyropoulos
Staff Writer
@Eric_Spyros

Optimism and excitement filled the air throughout the bowling alley at Fat Cats Westminster Sunday evening. After the Denver Broncos secured their first victory of the season, Nuggets guard Gary Harris hosted children from local youth organizations for an evening of bowling, arcade games and more.

Harris went around to greet all of the attendees and their families, taking plenty of selfies in the process. After the kids enjoyed several rounds of bowling and complimentary food, Harris surprised 15 children from the local Boys & Girls Club with brand-new bikes. The children were being rewarded for athletic and academic success.

“I think it’s huge (to give back to the community),” Harris said. “I remember when I was growing up and going to events like these, they were so inspiring. They didn’t ever have to do it, but because they did it would be so inspiring to me.”

Additionally, a silent auction and 50-50 raffle were held, with all proceeds going to the Strikes for Kids Bike Giveaway Program. According to the foundation’s website, Strikes For Kids is a 501(c)(3) national charitable organization that has organized over 100 bowling, softball and golf events since 2012. Strikes For Kids has partnered with more than 125 NFL, NBA, MLB and MMA athletes to “allow fans and their families the rare opportunity to mingle with professional athletes for an enjoyable afternoon/evening of fun while supporting a worthy cause at an affordable cost.”

“I remember when I first got here at 19 years old. I’ve grown into a man in this city,” Harris added. “Denver feels like home now. For me to be able to come out here and give back to my community, it’s huge.”

With the Nuggets just having wrapped up their training camp Saturday, all eyes turn to the team’s first preseason game on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Harris expressed his excitement for the upcoming season as the team continues its preparation.

“It’s all fun. There’s a lot of buzz when we’re in the gym,” Harris said. “We’re all kind of around the same age so we just go out there and compete and have fun and push each other. Then when we’re off the court, we all hang out. I’ve never been on a team as close as this one is.”

Harris will be looking to help Denver on both ends of the floor in the upcoming season as he returns from an injury-plagued 2018-19 campaign. Given the amount of excitement the 25-year-old guard has for the 2019-20 Denver Nuggets, it’s safe to say there will be even more fun had at Pepsi Center throughout the upcoming season.

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