Henson family holds one-year memorial

by Celia Shortt

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Tyler Henson’s family held a memorial flag football tournament and cookout Saturday to remember him one year after he died in a car wreck. All proceeds went to the Tyler Henson Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Heritage School. From left are, front, Kaytlyn Squires, Rebekah Henson; back, Trevor Henson, Peyton Henson, Matt Henson and Dean Henson. 


One year after the car crash that claimed the life of Tyler Henson, family and friends gathered to remember him in a fun way and raise money for a scholarship foundation created in his honor.

A year ago, Henson died in a single car crash – on Saturday, May 18, 2013. He was a junior at The Heritage School, as well as a multi-sport athlete who excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He was one of four players named to the 2012 GISA Class AAA All-State team in 2012 in which he played defensive end and tight end.

Henson’s dad, Dean, said Tyler had loved football and dreamed of playing in college.

Incorporating his love of football into a memorial for him became the “brain child” of Tyler’s siblings, Peyton and Rebekah. They organized a flag football tournament and cookout that were held Saturday in his honor.

“We just wanted to do something to make the day a happy day,” said his brother, Peyton.

The gray skies and rain did nothing to deter from the happiness of the day either.

“He’s making it rain on us,” said Henson’s dad with a smile. “We’re playing in the rain.”

To play in the tournament, kids and students paid $10 to register. They also received a T-shirt with their registration. The T-shirts said, “Play for Eight,” highlighting Henson’s football number at The Heritage School.

Spectators could also purchase T-shirts with the same message. All proceeds from the event went to fund the Tyler Henson Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was set up after Henson passed away and provides financial aid to a student who wouldn’t normally have a chance to attend The Heritage School.



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