Harrington found many ways to contribute – to the University and the community beyond baseball. He got involved with an organization called Team IMPACT, which connects seriously ill children with collegiate athletic teams. He also volunteers at Madison House, and with several other student volunteer organizations.
Harrington also serves as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a student council for UVA’s 27 varsity teams. As a media studies and American studies double-major, he previously served as the committee’s communications officer.
Additionally, last year Harrington was a student member of the steering committee for UVA President Jim Ryan’s inauguration. He has organized Salvation Army bell-ringing activities for his team, and helped out with student lessons at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Albemarle County.
“We have this great platform as student-athletes,” he said. “We have an opportunity and a responsibility to be good role models for kids and society generally. And it’s fun, being with a great group of guys doing something of benefit to others.”
Harrington’s final season, this year, has been solid on the field and in the classroom. He said he’s enjoying every moment of it.