At the end of the other week, hundreds of schoolchildren from Round Rock, Texas came face to face with the World’s Strongest Guy.
Texas native Mark Henry, a previous 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 advertise the importance of schooling, health and exercise in time for that new school term. Henry flew in from New York so as 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 group of amazed kids, event organizers and parents.
Mark Henry’s inventory 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 first annual Arnold Strongman Classic Competition and has openly completed numerous feats of strength, including pushing a tank.
Mark Henry’s claim to being the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ is fairly dubious and not considered official by most organizations, but having set lifting records right through his life and winning at least one strongman contest, his claim 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 company owner Vince McMahon learned that Henry was a wrestling enthusiast. His ensuing career has seen him win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship twice, as well as a ECW Championship and the WWE European Championship.
In spite of his no-nonsense on-screen persona (a personality who frequently welcomes his enemies to that ‘Hall of Pain’) Henry is incredibly active with the ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation, (a charity group that grants wishes to children with life-threatening or terminal ailments) also as frequent anti-drug and anti-bullying campaigns.
When interviewed on the day, Henry said: “I want the kids to see 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.”
Promoting Wellbeing and Exercise, World"s strongest man provides a helping hand