NFL star Anthony Harris did an incredibly kind deed over the weekend when he flew to Texas and accompanied an 11-year-old girl who recently lost her dad to a father-daughter dance.
The Philadelphia Eagles safety left Audrey Soape, whose father and grandfather died last year, and her family delighted and in awe with his incredible deed.
“Special night as our founder @antharris surprised and escorted this young lady to her daddy/daughter dance,” the Anthony Harris Foundation wrote in an Instagram caption.
Audrey’s mom, Holly, had reached out to Harris weeks before the dance to see if he would take her daughter. At first, they weren’t sure if schedules would align, but he was luckily able to make the trip.
“After the sudden and heartbreaking loss of her father in March of 2021, followed five weeks later by the passing of her grandfather, my beautiful Audrey struggled to cope,” Holly wrote in an Instagram post. “Knowing this Daddy/Daughter dance at @thefellowshipch was coming up, I knew I wanted to do something incredible to make it special for her.”
Audrey and her family are huge fans of Harris, so she told KYW-TV she was “super nervous” but also “super excited” when she realized he would be taking her to the dance.
“I was like preparing myself all week, because it was going to be fun, but I was super nervous,” she said. “I didn’t know what to say.”
In the end, though, Audrey and her mom said it was a dream come true. Harris didn’t only accompany Audrey; he also bought her the dress and shoes of her dreams.
“All of it was just a fairy tale and amazing,” Holly said.
Harris, too, found the event both touching and memorable and said it was an opportunity to “show some sympathy for [the] family.” He said they were longtime fans who had often reached out on social media to ask how they could pray for him — something that stuck out in his mind.
Harris delivered some powerful insight based on his experience delivering the kind deed.
“You’ve got to cherish these moments. You never know how long we have here on this earth,” he said. “The people that you care about and the people you love, show support for them.”
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