Coach Cuts Braids for Lauren Landavazo Fundraiser

A longtime McNiel Middle School tennis coach is raising money for a young shooting victim by making some severe cuts.

Coach Russell Henry is known for his long braids---he calls it his trademark. Friday, in front of the entire school, he chopped the braids off for a really good cause.

Coach Henry has been coaching and teaching tennis at McNiel Middle School for 33 years. His passion for the students is unmatched and he's shown Friday by parting ways with his trademark braids to raise money for Lauren Landavazo.

McNiel has been raising money for a bench that will be placed outside the school in memory of Lauren, who was killed walking home from school in September of 2016.

Last week, they were $1,200 short of their goal. That's where coach Henry stepped in. He said he went to the principal's office and said 'I don't  have $1,200 to give...but I have hair.'

On Friday for $10 students and teachers got to cut off a lock of his hair.

"They've been looking forward to it, really," coach Henry said. "[Kids have been saying] 'Hey coach, hey coach, I'm going to cut your hair' 'You got your $10? Okay!' I think it's really great."

"Fuzzy-wuzzy won't be fuzzy anymore."

Coach Henry has grown his braids for 15 years. Before chopping them off some of his braids reached 34-inches long. 

He says he has no intentions of growing them back out, and he's happy that he could use his hair to raise the money so that Lauren can have her memorial bench.

The fundraiser went above its goal and raised $2,300 dollars.


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