At the end of last week, numerous schoolchildren from Round Rock, Texas came head to head with the World’s Strongest Guy.
Texas native Mark Henry, a former Olympic weightlifter, record-breaking powerlifter and Professional Wrestling World Champion, was joined by a bunch of ex-NFL stars as well as his WWE colleague, Mark Callaway, AKA The Undertaker.
The event was made to advertise the need for education, health and fitness in time for the new school term. Henry flew in from New York to be able to visit the children and inspire them to better things for coming school months. As part of the day’s celebrations, Henry pulled a Semi Truck for a considerable distance before a group of amazed children, event organizers and parents.
Mark Henry’s list of athletic actions is extraordinary. He competed in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games as a weightlifter; Henry was also a Gold Medal winner during the 1995 Pan American Games and was named Drug-Free World Champion Powerlifter in 1995. He was named U.S powerlifting champion two times. He is a reigning world record holder in quite a few areas and is credited with the biggest raw squat and raw powerlifting total ever performed by a drug-tested athlete.
Henry is also a three-time U.S National Weightlifting Champion, an American Open winner, Two-Time U.S Olympic Event Champion and NACAC Champion. In 2002, he won the very first annual Arnold Strongman Classic Competition and has openly completed many feats of power, including pushing a tank.
Mark Henry’s declaration to being the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ is rather disputed and never considered official by most organizations, but having set lifting records right through his life and winning no less than one strongman contest, his declaration is respected by most (and also the visual evidence is hard to deny).
Henry has too had a 17-year career in Professional Wrestling, competing within the WWE (formerly WWF) ever since company owner Vince McMahon learned that Henry was a wrestling aficionado. His subsequent career has seen him win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship twice, also as the ECW Championship and also the WWE European Championship.
Regardless of his no-nonsense on-screen persona (a personality who regularly welcomes his enemies to the ‘Hall of Pain’) Henry is extremely active with the ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation, (a charity group that grants desires to children with life-threatening or fatal ailments) also as frequent anti-drug and anti-bullying campaigns.
When interviewed over on the day, Henry said: “I would like the children to have what I didn’t have. I didn’t have a great deal growing up. I hope more people did it for me, so I try and do it in kind.”
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