Established in 2002 by former NFL quarterback, Joey Harrington, the Harrington Family Foundation (HFF), a registered, 501(c)3 nonprofit, has raised more than $2M for students across Oregon, supporting Oregon-based nonprofits dedicated to providing quality education to in-state youth. The Harrington Family Foundation strives to unlock the potential for leadership and success within every child.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Joey believes investing in Oregon students dedicated to pursuing higher education ultimately invests in the state of Oregon. He recognizes leaders do not only exist on the athletic field or in front of a television camera. That’s why in early 2014 Joey announced a new scholarship fund, the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship. This four-year renewable scholarship supports Oregon high school students who have shown a take-charge ability in their communities, but may need help reaching their potential.
Joey graduated from Central Catholic High School in Portland where he was awarded the Holy Spirit Leadership Award in 1997. He went on to attend the University of Oregon from 1998-2001. As a three-year starting quarterback for University of Oregon, Joey finished his college football career as a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2001, and led the Oregon Ducks to a #2 national ranking. He was the third overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, and went on to play professionally.
Joey married Emily Hatten in March of 2007. Emily, also a graduate of Central Catholic High School and University of Portland, received her masters in the science of nursing in 2006 and is formally trained as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Joey and Emily chose to grow their family post-NFL in the community that helped with their success. They reside in Portland, Oregon with their two sons, Jack, 7; and Emmet, 4.
Whether on or off the football field, Joey believes leadership, hard work and a positive attitude can make a big difference in life. “I played football because I love the game,” he says. “It now allows me to make a difference in the communities that have been so supportive of me and my family.”