BROKEN ARROW — A hit-and-run accident took away the possibility of many of Logan Henry’s aspirations and nearly claimed his life, but the Broken Arrow High School senior was able to achieve one of his longtime goals Wednesday.
During a special ceremony in front of more than 100 relatives, friends and fellow classmates, Henry signed a non-scholarship letter of intent with the University of Tulsa cross country program.
“To look at this community and the way Broken Arrow and the University of Tulsa came together to really give Logan one of his personal dreams and his personal goals back to him and give him the opportunity to enjoy this time and live up what to what he had been striving for before the accident, that just means the world to his family,” said Logan’s father, Jered Henry.
A promising cross country career ended Jan. 29, 2014, when Logan was struck by a pickup while running with teammates, resulting in severe brain injuries in addition to a broken pelvis and a broken leg. He was given a 2 percent chance of survival and spent more than two months in the hospital.
Throughout a long and difficult recovery, Logan has overcome many obstacles but occasionally is reminded of what he lost because of the accident.
When he watched one of his tutors sign a letter of intent to play college basketball, Logan was saddened because he realized he would never have a similar experience.
That’s when Broken Arrow assistant athletic director Melenda Knight stepped in and started working toward making Logan’s dream a reality. Knowing TU was the school Logan always wanted to attend, she connected with the Hurricane coaches, and they were fully on board with adding him as an honorary signee.
“We’ve always felt once a Tiger, always a Tiger,” Knight said. “He was our cross country kid and he still is our cross country kid. Whatever we can do to celebrate his success, that’s what we were going to do.”
Logan was informed there would be a ceremony but didn’t anticipate the large crowd or the amount of attention on him. When he entered the room to a loud ovation, his face lit up.
“It felt like the world was all focused on me,” Logan said. “I loved it. … I was super surprised. It was amazing.”
Because of NCAA rules, TU coaches were prevented from being part of the ceremony, but Knight arranged for several spirit-squad members to attend along with Hurricane football player Rowdy Frederick, a 2016 Broken Arrow graduate who helped Logan date his paperwork.
“I applaud him every day,” Jered Henry said of his son. “I’m so glad his peers and the community recognized him today with that same excitement and could definitely show it. I hope and I believe his example has given cause for that.”
In the past three years, Logan has had to relearn how to do everything that was once easy — walking, talking, eating, writing. He missed most of a semester because of the accident but made up for the lost time and will graduate with the rest of his class next month.
“He doubled down and he’s worked so hard,” Jered Henry said. “He’s tried to deal and cope and move forward and do new things with his life, make an example for himself and stand up and be an example of faith.”