Article content continued
“Charleston is a star so I know they love to see him out there,” Henry says. “He’s such a good character with the kids.
“He didn’t come out on Sunday and they missed him so much. They were saying they loved seeing him. The parents loved watching him interact with the kids and all of that. Not everyone may know my name, but everyone knows Charleston.”
The camp has attracted participants from throughout Regina. However, Henry’s target group is inner-city kids, which is among the reasons why there isn’t any charge for the camp.
“There are a lot of inner-city kids there that can’t afford it or otherwise wouldn’t even go,” Henry says. “We just needed to put something out for these kids to come mess around with us, play some football, and have a good time.”
Henry is among the most active Roughriders in terms of community involvement. He is heavily involved with Scott Collegiate and the Street Culture Project, a Regina charity that works with vulnerable youth.
He can draw upon his experiences as a troubled youth while growing up in Toronto.
He fell in with the wrong crowd, which contributed to him being expelled from high school in Grade 9.
Henry also ended up with multiple arrests for offences ranging from drug possession, breach of probation, forcible confinement to assault with a weapon.
He even spent three years in prison for forcible confinement and assault with a weapon.
Henry was playing semi-pro football with the GTA all-stars when the Riders signed him in 2016. In four seasons with the Riders, he has 72 defensive tackles and five sacks.