Where It All Began

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Joey believes investing in Oregon students dedicated to pursuing leadership in higher education ultimately invests in the state of Oregon, a community that’s afforded him so much. That’s why in early 2014 Joey announced a new scholarship-mentorship program, the Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship.

The Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship is a four-year renewable scholarship program for Oregon high school senior students headed to an Oregon college or trade school, who have shown a take-charge ability in their communities, but may need help reaching their potential.

“Great communities aren’t built around one idea. Great communities need diversity. They need people who present a  rich balance of opportunities from which we can all draw.”

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 and Psychiatric Mental Health 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 and Emmet.

Harrington Family Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Tax ID #03-0461030.