The building he spent plenty of time in as a youth had his face on the front door on Monday, a little reminder of where Andre Harrison is now from a place he comes from.
Posters promoting Harrison's next fight were on the doors both outside and inside the Freeport Recreation Center. Harrison is now a mixed martial arts fighter in the Professional Fighters League who grew up in Freeport and still lives on Long Island. He will fight at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on May 23 in his first bout of the PFL's second season.
But on Monday, the featherweight Harrison who won titles in four different promotions before joining the PFL, was there to talk with kids at the Freeport facility who had assembled there for basketball and other activities with schools off for spring break.
"I grew up 10 minutes from here, I used to come in here all the time. It’s fun. It’s like back to your roots," Harrison, 30, said. “I might have to steal one of those posters, put it in my bedroom to remember it.”