LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When you think inspirational stories, think of Jeffrey Henderson. He's the epitome of how one can be successful through hard work, determination and dedication to family.
Henderson graduated from Sylvan Hills in 2007. He had played football most of his childhood, but at age 15 he decided to devote his time and efforts to track and field.
Upon graduation, Henderson left Arkansas and attended Hinds Community College in Mississippi. There he became a two-time junior college national champion in long jump. He was able to compete with the U.S. National team in the 2010 World Indoor Championship. He graduated from Hinds and attended Florida Memorial University in Miami for a year.
Now, Henderson is a senior track and field athlete at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He's been dubbed as the 'fastest man in the SIAC.' In the 2013 SIAC Track & Field All-Conference Honors, Henderson won Men's Track Athlete of the Year and Men's Field Athlete of the Year. He was also named to First Team (Men) for 100 meters and long jump.
Henderson was named the USTFCCCA South Region Field Athlete of the Year during the opening ceremony of the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He won the 100-meter final, won the meet's high-point award and placed in the top five in the long jump.
But that success hasn't come easy. When Henderson graduated high school in 2007, his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The distance from his family back here in Arkansas hasn't been easy. But Henderson says his success is all thanks to support from his family, especially his mother.
Henderson will compete in the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa June 20-23. The Championships will serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia this August. If Henderson finishes in the top heat, he'll also sign a contract with Nike.
Henderson stopped by the THV 11 Studio on Saturday (June 15) and talked with Mark Edwards about his road to success.