Charles D. Henry Award
The Charles D. Henry Award was established in 1984. The award
provides the means through which SHAPE America recognizes essential
contributions of its members who, through distinguished service:
increase involvement of ethnic minorities in SHAPE America; increase
communication with greater numbers of ethnic minority members; and
extend meaningful services to SHAPE America ethnic minorities. Not more
than one Henry Award shall be given each year.
The recipient shall:
- Be a current member of SHAPE America and shall have held such membership for at least five years.
served professionally in school (preschool, elementary, secondary),
college or community programs in HPERD for a period of at least five
years prior to nomination.
- Demonstrate a record of increasing involvement of ethnic minorities in SHAPE America and/or in the field of HPERD.
- Demonstrate a record of increasing communications with greater numbers of SHAPE America ethnic minority members.
- Demonstrate a record of extending meaningful professional services to SHAPE America ethnic minority members.
Dr. Charles D. Henry
Charles D. Henry joined the Big Ten Conference on June 1, 1974,
becoming the first African-American assistant commissioner of any
conference office. Until his death in 1982, Henry was a committed man
with foresight, who helped usher in the era of women's athletics in the
conference, while also dedicated to easing the transition for
African-American student-athletes on all Big Ten campuses.
who was a native of Conway, Arkansas, graduated from Philander Smith
College in Little Rock. He went on to receive his master's degree and
doctorate from the University of Iowa. Henry began his career in
athletic administration when he returned to his alma mater as the
director of athletics and assistant football coach at Philander Smith
for six years. He then moved on to Grambling State and served as the
chairman of the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Department from 1958-74.
Throughout his career at the Big Ten,
Henry displayed the same zeal as the staff liaison for women's
intercollegiate athletics as he did for assisting in African-American
national issues. He was instrumental in preparing the Big Ten for
officially instituting women's competition in 1981-82.