Hope NYC VI: Jason Harris
Wednesday, September 13 2017
During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Hope NYC in New York City on November 16th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether they've had first hand experience, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Jason Harris, fighting out of Church Street Boxing Gym in New York City.
Where are you from?
Born outside of the D.C. area in Fairfax County.
Where’d you go to college?
James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
Did you play any sports growing up?
I grew up playing soccer and I did some track & field. Is partying a sport? I used to be very good at that.
What do you do for work?
I run an advertising agency (Mekanism). I’m a mad man by trade.
Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I never really watched boxing or was drawn to the sport. I was looking for a new workout and on a whim took a class at Church Street. I have only been doing it a few months, but I enjoyed the intensity of the training right away. I never pictured myself boxing in a fight.
Why on earth did you sign up to fight?
I thought the best way to make myself learn quickly was not to give myself an out. I’m also a sucker for a good cause. And I can’t think of a better cause to raise money for than knocking the f**k out of cancer. Learn a new skill and fight cancer. Sounds like a double win.
You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Cancer has hit everyone. I am drawing inspiration from my two grandmothers, my mom’s best friend and my business partners brother. If there is any way to get one step closer to finding a cure, I’m in.
What is the most difficult thing to give up during training?
Was I supposed to give stuff up? Shit.
What are your hobbies and interests when not throwing punches?
Playing music (bass player). Coaching my kids in soccer and life. Spending time with the fam. Traveling to new places. I dig my job.
Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Everyone that works at my company can’t wait to watch me eat a punch or three.
Be sure to check out his fundraising page here and wish him luck! Best of luck, Jason!