Henry to honor Sandy Hook victims

J.J. Henry
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J.J. Henry, a Connecticut native, will pay tribute to the victims of Sandy Hook this week at the Tournament of Champions.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, January 04, 2013 | 2:19 p.m.

Golfweek's Jim McCabe reports that Connecticut native J.J. Henry will pay tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy with the letters, "S.H.E.S." (short for, "Sandy Hook Elementary School," of course) emblazoned on his hat this week in Maui at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

"Whether you come from the area or not, just the devastation and the unthinkable that happened," Henry said.

But here's the thing. Henry is from the area. He grew up in Fairfield, Conn., about 20 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. When the massacre occurred Dec. 14, he was like nearly every other person who heard the news. He was frozen with fear. Twenty young children and six teachers and administrators gunned down.

"It's almost too hard to talk about," he said.

But it's something that needs to addressed. More to the point, the families need to be honored, and so Henry thought he would do something. "Sitting at home (in the Fort Worth, Texas, area), I thought if I could be a small part in honoring those families, I wanted to do that. I went to that school system. I've always remembered where I came from."

To read McCabe's piece on Henry, click here.