Sometime last week, countless 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 Proficient Wrestling World Champion, was joined by a bunch of ex-NFL stars as well as his WWE best friend, Mark Callaway, AKA The Undertaker.
The event was created to promote the importance of schooling, wellbeing and exercise in time for the new school term. Henry flew in from New York in order to visit the children and inspire them to better things for the coming school months. As part of the day’s celebrations, Henry pulled a Semi Truck for a considerable distance before a bunch 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 twice. 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 Festival Champion and NACAC Champion. In 2002, he won the very first annual Arnold Strongman Classic Competition and has openly completed copious feats of power, including pushing a tank.
Mark Henry’s assertion to being the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ is rather dubious and never thought sanctioned by most organizations, but having set lifting records throughout 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 also had a 17-year career in Professional Wrestling, competing within the WWE (formerly WWF) ever since corporation owner Vince McMahon learned that Henry was a wrestling enthusiast. His ensuing profession has seen him win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship two times, as well as the ECW Championship and also the WWE European Championship.
Notwithstanding his no-nonsense on-screen facade (a personality who regularly welcomes his enemies to the ‘Hall of Pain’) Henry is extremely active within the ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation, (a charity group that grants desires to children with life-threatening or incurable illnesses) also as numerous anti-drug and anti-bullying campaigns.
When interviewed over on the day, Henry said: “I want the kids 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.”