Sometime the other week, numerous schoolchildren from Round Rock, Texas came head to head with the World’s Strongest Guy.
Texas native Mark Henry, a previous Olympic weightlifter, record-breaking powerlifter and Professional Wrestling World Champion, was joined by a group of ex-NFL stars as well as his WWE best friend, Mark Callaway, AKA The Undertaker.
The occasion was invented to promote the importance of education, health and fitness 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 in front of a bunch of amazed children, event organizers and parents.
Mark Henry’s inventory of athletic activities is extraordinary. He competed in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games as a weightlifter; Henry was also a Gold Medal winner in 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 a number of areas is credited with the largest raw squat and raw powerlifting total ever performed by a drug-tested athlete.
Henry is also a 3-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 performed many feats of power, including pushing a tank.
Mark Henry’s claim to being the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ is fairly dubious and never considered official by most organizations, but having set lifting records all through his life and winning no less than one strongman contest, his claim is respected by most (and also the visual evidence is tough to deny).
Henry has too 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 aficionado. His subsequent profession has seen him win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship two times, as well as a ECW Championship and the WWE European Championship.
Regardless of his no-nonsense on-screen personality (a character who frequently welcomes his enemies to the ‘Hall of Pain’) Henry is very active with the ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation, (a charity group that grants wishes to children with life-threatening or fatal ailments) also as many anti-drug and anti-bullying campaigns.
When interviewed on the day, Henry said: “I would like the children to see what I did not have. I didn’t have a great deal growing up. I wish more people did it for me, so I try and do it in kind.”