With American cousins who played high school football, it was only a matter of time I went to me first NFL Football game. Having loved cheering on the Irish – what prefect next step to take there than is watching the Viking and the Saints play the first game at the US Bank Stadium? (Incidentally the stadium will host the Super Bowl final next year).
Tail gating is a must, to meet the fans, paint your face and enjoy the build up to the game. Once in the stadium the atmosphere is amazing. The support of the fans is like nothing else you will ever experience. The noise the fans make and the energy in each play, can help the home team and destroy the plays of the opposition.
Of course the food is great, and the US Bank Stadium not only has great leg room for us taller fans but also the ever needed cup holder behind the seat.
Once you go to a game, you will always want to come back, that is why US Football is the the Crown Jewels of all US Sports!
Bringing the luck of the Irish with me, Vikings won their first home game of the season – and I while I cheered their victory – I had to hide my loyalty as a Bears fan – just don’t tell my family back in Chicago.
Harris is board member for the Prince's Trust Mosaic initiative. He was appointed as Mosaic’s first honorary patron and was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award for Philanthropy Advocate 2013 for raising £1m within 12 months for various charities working in deprived communities in the UK, becoming the youngest and first Muslim to receive this honour. He now serves as a judge for the awards.
Harris is the co-founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation, which aims to enhance educational excellence and positive integration. It was established in memory of his late father, Naz Bokhari OBE, the first Asian/Muslim head teacher in the UK. The Foundation was honoured to be awarded the Big Society Award 2014 by the Prime Minister. Harris is also an ambassador for the British Asian Trust.
Harris’s interfaith work has included organising the first ever engagement event between national community, women and youth leaders from the Jewish and Muslim communities meeting with the new Chief Rabbi in Finchley Kinloss Synagogue. Harris was one of the first Muslims to be invited to the Chief Rabbi’s installation ceremony and was selected to be an Ariane De Rothschild fellow, in partnership with Cambridge University’s Judge Business School and King’s College. Harris also organised the first youth interfaith iftar at Lambeth Palace, which brought together the Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Rabbi, Mayor of London and over 100 youth leaders from each of London’s boroughs – representing all faiths and none.
Harris was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours List for services for young people and interfaith relations; named as one of 40 people in finance who goes further for good causes by Financial News Extra Mile List; and named as one of London’s most influential figures by the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list.
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