The star of the Jacksonville Jaguars, CJ Henderson, gave back to his local community by donating $250,000 to help renovate the training facility of the Columbus High School. Henderson was a top athlete at Columbus High School and was a four-star recruit in the 2017 recruiting class.
CJ Henderson Made the Donation to Give Back to the School That Gave Him So Much
In an interview, CJ Henderson said that his brother and he would never forget their experiences at Columbus. He added that the faculty and coaching staff were always ready to go above and beyond to help the students succeed. He remarked that his gift was a way to give back to the school that has helped him so much. He went on to say that it felt good to know that he would play a part in helping future student-athletes at Columbus High School.
The Columbus High School Is Getting New Massage Chairs, Training Tables, and Hydrotherapy
The renovations for the training facility of the Columbus High School will include new training tables, hydrotherapy, and massage chairs for the high school athletes. These new additions apparently meant a lot to CJ Henderson, and the high school will name the new facility The Henderson Family Training Center. The school has plans to complete the project in August.
Columbus president Thomas Kruczek said in an interview that the school was very grateful to CJ Henderson and his entire family for the generous gift. He added that the Henderson name will be placed on the facility to serve as an inspiration to all Columbus Explorers.
CJ Henderson is entering his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was picked in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Last season, he appeared in eight games and scored 36 tackles. He also managed to score one interception, one forced fumble, and six passes defended. His best performance was against the Los Angeles Chargers when he engaged in eight tackles. After last season’s performance, the Jaguars expect Henderson to improve his game in 2021. He will also have Urban Meyer as his new head coach.
November 25th, 2020, is a date that will forever mark football as the Argentinian icon, Diego Armando Maradona, aged 60, passed away. He suffered a heart attack at home just two weeks after being released from hospital following surgery for a bleed on his brain.
Born on October 30th, 1960, in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province to a poor family, Maradona was the fifth of seven siblings and the oldest son. He started showing his talents at a very young age and was quickly spotted by a talent scout while playing in his neighborhood club, Estrella Roja. He was transferred to Argentinos Juniors junior team where he continued his amazing performances, which earned him his nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”).
Ten days before his 16th birthday, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors in a match against Talleres de Córdoba. He played with the number 16 on his back, and became the youngest player in the history of Argentine top-tier football. He spent five years at the club before transferring to Boca Juniors, one of Argentina’s and South America’s most popular and successful football clubs.
Maradona, Napoli’s Mythical Number 10
After a single season with Boca, he moved to Europe to play for Spanish giants, Barcelona. Maradona had a difficult tenure in Spain due to injuries and controversial incidents on the field. Two years later, he was transferred to the Italian club Napoli where he was welcomed by 75,000 fans at his presentation. It is with this team that “The Golden Boy” achieved his greatest success at club level, winning two Scudettos, a Coppa Italia, a Supercoppa Italia, and the UEFA Cup in 1989. His vision, passing, ball control, and dribbling enchanted the Napoli fans who continue to adore and love him to this day. Maradona became Naple’s favorite son!
The Architect of Argentina’s Second World Cup
Maradona’s greatest achievement came during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He captained his team to victory, playing every minute of every game, scoring five goals, and making five assists. The quarterfinal against England will forever be part of football’s folklore. The Argentinian legend scored both goals. The first by using his hand, which remained unnoticed by the game officials, and later became known as the “Hand of God”. The second, however, was a display of his mastery and talent. He took the ball in his own half, dribbled past six English players, including the goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, before slotting the ball into the net. The goal was recognized as the “Goal of the Century” in 2002.
The passing of Maradona affected greatly every football aficionado in the world. It made his country fall in tears while President Alberto Fernández announced three days of national mourning. Napoli decided to honor its greatest player by renaming its stadium after him. On November 25, 2020, football lost arguably its most-talented number 10!