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Ageless Athletes: Kara Henry

By Nathan Baskin
Published: March 2011

Kara Henry is not a stereotypical “History” teacher. Many students who have her enjoy her class, as her enthusiatic and imagintive teaching style attracts many seniors each year.

She interacts with her students in a fun and positive manner and creates a strong connection with them. Along with being a respected teacher-as-teacher Henry is also an outstanding athlete, and has been one throughout her life.

Henry grew up in a rural environment, Newtown, Connecticut. As a freshman at Newtown High, Henry excelled in both academics and athletics.

She made the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team her freshmen year, and continued her love for the game, playing during all four years of her high school career. In addition to Lacrosse, she played Junior Varsity Girls’ Soccer during her freshmen year and Varsity Soccer her sophomore year.

However, only being a two-sport athlete did not satisfy her needs, as following her sophomore year she took up Swimming and Diving.

“I mostly dove,” Henry said. “But I swam a few events too, like 100 breaststroke, 100 free style, and the medley relay. According to Henry, she won more games than she lost during her high school career.

Naturally, Henry pursued her athletic career on the college level. She attended Lafayette where she played one year of Girls’ Division 1AA Lacrosse, and played the increasingly popular sport of Rugby at the club level for two years.

At Lafayette she had to manage her athletic commitment and her love of history. “[I did better] inseason academically as you might imagine than during the offseason,” Henry said.

Throughout her athletic career, her coaches knew that academics are more important than athletics. “All my coaches were teachers and made sure I did well academically,” she said. At Lafayette she worked to balance her athletic activity with her serious academic responsibilities.

“During practice I was required to run four to five times a week,” Henry said. In her sophomore year she stopped playing but was still a big supporter of the Leopards.

Since moving to her “new” Newton and leaving Connecticut behind, she found her new home at South, where she teaches in the History Department and coaches three sports: Girls’ Diving, Boys’ Diving and Boys’ Lacrosse.

Henry is acknowledged as an inspiration to all the athletes that had the opportunity to play for her. “She really helped me improve my overall game,” sophomore Sam Houston-Reed said.

The only female involved in the Boys’ Lacrosse program. Henry says the reason she coaches Boys’ Lacrosse at South is because she still misses the sport environment and the spotlight.

Henry, like many athletes, has a challenge ahead of her. Her goal is to win a 10K marathon in September. To get in shape for it, Henry follows an intense workout regiment.

“I usually run three to four times a week,” Henry said. “This helps me stay in shape.” During the summers she loves to run near the fence at Fenway Park, where she rides her bike and runs on the weekends.

She also hopes to participate in a triathlon soon. However, she is not enthusiastic about all of it; she is excited about participating in the swimming and running part, but is scared to be biking with many other participants around her.

Henry is eager to continue her pursuit of athletics; yoga seems to be next on the horizon for the three-sport coach, runner, rock climber, and full-time teacher.

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