Danroy “DJ” Henry, Jr. was born on October 29, 1989. He is the first child of Angella and Danroy Henry. DJ grew up in Easton, Massachusetts with his brother, Kyle, and sister, Amber.
From an early age, DJ had a true passion for people and sports. He found great joy in reading books, spending time with friends, and playing sports. Throughout junior high school his favorite sport was soccer, and he spent hours working to improve his skills.
In high school, he became a three-sport athlete. He ran track, played basketball, and added football during his freshman year. DJ believed in playing fair, working hard, and performing at his best. As a natural leader on and off the field, he personified the ideals of self-discipline, fitness, and sportsmanship during his 20 years.
DJ was recruited to play football at Iona College, a Division I mid-major program. DJ was thrilled to continue playing the sport he loved, but above all he found true value in the bonds forged through teamwork. When Iona eliminated its football program, DJ and several of his teammates chose to transfer to Pace University to continue playing the sport that brought them all together.
DJ’s commitment to those in need is reflected in the countless stories of his willingness to share his equipment with his teammates, pay the fees for others to play, or make certain that no one felt invisible while on the field or the sideline. His life example is the legacy we now carry forward through the work of the DJ Henry Dream Fund.