Dobie High School senior Justice Henderson officially signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent (NLI) to run track at the University of Houston during the NLI early signing period November 11.
The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution. By signing the NLI, the student agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic school year, while the institution provides athletes with financial aid for a year.
The signing commitment is under the provision of former USA Olympians and University of Houston coaches: Leroy Burrell, head coach; Carl Lewis, assistant coach; and Debbie Ferguson, assistant coach.
Justice is the only athlete in Pasadena Independent School District who has signed a letter of intent for track and field this year.
“I’m a very proud parent right now,” her father Kerry Henderson, Beverly Hills Intermediate coach, said. “It’s been a long-time coming. She started at the age of five running in track and field. Her ultimate goal is to participate in the Olympics.”
Justice is known for setting records. As a student at Beverly Hills intermediate, she set the district record for seventh and eighth grade in the 100-meter dash. Last year, she also set the long-jump record at Dobie High School. She was the only student in the district to advance to the regional track meet year after year.
Her father said these achievements would not be possible without the support of Pasadena ISD staff.
“We want to thank all the coaches and teachers who have supported her throughout her intermediate and high school career. This is an accomplishment that we can all share,” Henderson said.
Justice plans to attend UH on a paid scholarship in the fall of 2016.