WWE.com has an interview with Mark Henry looking back on his 20 year career up on its website today and it closes with The World's Strongest Man talking about the charity work he does for the company:
"Vince takes a lot of pride in giving back. From the Wounded Warriors to working with all the Armed Forces with Tribute to the Troops, the list goes on, and I think that's his pride and joy. There are a lot of people that love what we do and we would be selfish to not give back. I've always enjoyed doing anything with the kids. I've always said that kids don't ask to be here. So, you try to teach them and have fun with them as much as you can. Going to St. Jude's and the children's hospitals ... that stuff is hard. But imagine the parents having to endure having a terminally ill kid and not know if they're coming home. If we can give them any joy, it's a blessing. I'll continue to do that for as long as I'm involved, even after I'm done [in the ring]."
He's hardly ever used on television, and when he is it's not in any truly meaningful way, but that doesn't mean he can't be an asset to the company. And while WWE may use philanthropy as a marketing tool it's no less impressive the company is so dedicated to such causes.
Henry's in-ring career is winding down but his willingness to continue his efforts in other, probably much better ways is admirable.