So when Phillips got the chance to collaborate on his own apparel line with Hippie Feet, who had financially backed Harrison’s Playmakers, he was happy to try something new.
Phillips spent time with Jenna, Jason, and Aidan this week. They all have intellectual or developmental differences, best matea national non-profit organization close to and dear to the heart of Philips.
When the young people had the chance to participate in a photo shoot with Phillips Jenna, Aidan helped Lineman model some of his new hippie foot items.
“Tell me the best pose,” Phillips encouraged Aidan.
Phillips carried Jenna on his shoulders, and the two wore matching “Horrible Harry” hoodies.
The trio then sat down and laughed heartily as they showed off three different designs of terrifying Harry socks.
“Look, Tsubomi! I’m trying to laugh and you keep making me laugh,” Jenna yelled at Phillips.
Jenna’s dad, former KARE 11 sportscaster Eric Perkins, watched the whole conversation and smiled.
“Jenna enjoys whatever she does, but the access Jenna allowed her had an indelible impact,” Perkins said. I honestly think of him as my current partner.”
Perkins explained that Jenna joined Best Buddies during the COVID-19 pandemic when, like people across the country and around the world, she was struggling with a lack of connection.
“Jenna discovered Best Buddy through some of her friends at Special Olympics,” Perkins explained. Best Buddies turned to many fun, interactive online conferences she attended. Since then, she has been an active participant in their programs, galas, and events.”
Since Phillips signed with the Vikings as a free agent last spring, Perkins has impressed with his consistent commitment not just to Best Buddies, but to the special needs community at large.