Position: Program Operations Director
Chris Harris serves as the Program Operations Director at Nine13sports, where he’s responsible for the day-to-day running and management of the Kids Riding Bikes program. Originally from Lakeville, Indiana, Chris graduated with a Sport Management degree from Ball State University in 2012. After graduating from Ball State, he moved to Indianapolis and began working in the athletic department at Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana. After working in the athletic department for a year, he began the pursuit of his Master’s Degree from Indiana State University. While pursuing his degree, he was hired as a graduate assistant within the Office of Student Life & Development at Ivy Tech. While at Ivy Tech, Chris was responsible for planning recreational sports, in addition to health & wellness educational programming.
The Executive Director of Career Services at Ivy Tech, Chris Hancock, introduced Chris to Nine13sports in September of 2014. Mr. Hancock, an avid cyclist, had a vision of bringing Nine13sports to the school. This aspiration led to Chris planning and organizing five Nine13sports programming events at three Ivy Tech locations across the Central Indiana area during the winter of 2014. Furthermore, Chris reached out to Nine13sports about completing his required graduate school internship at the nonprofit and was hired as the first senior intern in November of 2014. His internship began in January of 2015 and was completed in May of 2015. Additionally, he graduated from Indiana State with his Master of Science degree in Recreation & Sport Management in May of 2015.
After completing his internship, Chris couldn’t envision working anywhere other than Nine13sports. It gives him the opportunity to make a positive impact on today’s youth, be an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle, and work with individuals who share the same passions of health, teamwork, confidence, and perseverance that he values. Also, it’s given him the opportunity to revisit his childhood passion of cycling and subsequently he’s become an avid cyclist since he started working at Nine13sports.
During his free time, Chris enjoys almost any type of exercise, listening to about every genre of music, watching his favorite television show, Seinfeld, spending time with his family and animals, writing, reading, playing and watching sports, and enjoying the great outdoors. Chris and his wife, Emily, reside in Plainfield with their 1-year old son, Colin, in addition to their dog, Charlie, and cat, Chip.