Eagles player takes 11-year-old girl to daddy-daughter dance following father’s death
Eagles safety Anthony Harris fulfilled the dream of a young fan last weekend.
11-year-old Audrey Soape lost her father last year and her grandfather five weeks later after a battle with lung cancer.
When the local church’s daddy-daughter dance was approaching, Audrey asked her mother if she could accompany her. Holly Soape had another idea.
The Soape family, originally from Minnesota, have been fans of Harris since he was a member of the Vikings.
Often reaching out to Harris on social media, Audrey’s mom contacted him in an attempt to give her daughter a night she wouldn’t soon forget.
After the Eagles were eliminated from the postseason, Harris was available and happy to make the flight to Texas for the dance.
“Just trying to be a human. Tryna take off the helmet, tryna take off the cape of what I do professionally and just show some sympathy for that family and try to show some support there,” Harris told NBC10 Philadelphia.
“You’ve got to cherish these moments. You never know how long we have here on this earth. The people that you care about and the people you love, show support for them.”
Kudos to Anthony Harris for taking the time out to make memories with a fan. Sometimes it’s deeper than football.
“I was like preparing myself all week, because it was going to be fun, but I was super nervous,” Audrey said. “I didn’t know what to say.”
Not only did Harris escort Audrey to the dance, he also bought her the dress of her dreams.
“All of it was just a fairy tale and amazing,” her mother Holly said.
Harris is set to become a free agent after signing a one-year deal with the Eagles last season.
Mandatory Credit: Anthony Harris Foundation