J.J. Henry grew up about 20 minutes from Newtown, Conn., and he plans to honor the victims of last month's mass shooting in a special way this week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Instead of a corporate logo, Henry has "S.H.E.S." stitched across his hat in bold, black letters. It stands for Sandy Hook Elementary School, where last month 20 children and six faculty members were killed in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history. Henry told Golfweek.com, “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.”
Henry also told Golfweek that he wants to do something bigger for the families impacted by the tragedy.
Henry said he has been in contact with Nathan Grube, tournament director of the Travelers Championship, one of the longest-running PGA Tour stops. When he won what passes as his hometown tournament in 2006, Henry rightfully felt as if he had captured a major championship, and it’s with great pride that he accepts the responsibility of flying the flag for Connecticut on the PGA Tour.
A tournament with massive neighborhood and local ties, the Travelers has always rallied around Connecticut causes. Henry knows that will happen again, and he vows to work with Grube and Tour officials to pay tribute to the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.
“I’m not sure where all this is heading,” he said. “But we’ll do something.”
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