Tommie Harris working to build schools in the Sudan in memory of his late wife

Maggie Hendricks

Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris lost his wife Ashley unexpectedly in February. Instead of dwelling on what is gone from his life, Harris told the Chicago Sun-Times that he is working to honor her memory by building a school in the Sudan.

Harris wants the school to serve girls who have been abused or enslaved by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army. He will name it the Ashley Harris Sunshine School, and he hopes to build many more across the continent.

He and Ashley took two trips to Africa through Pros for Africa, a not for profit that describes its mission, "connecting professionals of all fields with the children of Africa." She was affected by the people she met in Tanzania and Uganda, and PFA appreciated her work so much that they dedicated this year's medical expedition through northern Uganda and South Sudan to her.

PFA has experience in school building, and Harris has enlisted friends from the NFL to donate. Matt Forte, who was Harris' teammate when he was with the Chicago Bears, has already signed on as a donor. Considering the large NFL contingent that reached out to Harris after her death, and his many fans in Chicago and San Diego, Harris shouldn't have a hard time getting enough money to build the school.

To help Harris with his mission, visit Pros for Africa.

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