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McClatchy-Tribune  08/02/2014 11:21 AM ET
9-year-old Redlands boy conducts sports interviews on YouTube [Redlands Daily Facts, Calif. :: ]

Aug. 02--REDLANDS -- Caden Henderson is hoping to take the sports world by storm.

The host of his own You Tube show -- "CadenCenter" -- the 9-year-old Redlander has already interviewed some of the pro athletes in the area, including members of the San Bernardino-based Inland Empire 66ers, a minor league baseball club, and the Los Angeles Kings minor league hockey affiliate, the Ontario Reign.

And he's only getting started.

Recently, the Smiley Elementary fourth-grader sent letters to his favorite Los Angeles Angels players and coaches, including superstar Mike Trout, seeking interviews. He also sent a letter to "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon for advice and guidance.

"I want to play professionally and then retire and then become a baseball announcer," Caden said Sunday while fiddling with a cinnamon roll at Corner Bakery Cafe downtown before naming some of his favorite players -- Landon Donovan of the Los Angels Galaxy and Trout, for example.

The love of sports seemed to run through Caden's blood from inside the womb, says his mother, Jill Henderson. It's no surprise to his family, who are sports enthusiasts.

Caden's grandfather -- Robert Sheehan of Redlands -- is a former coach who was recently recognized for his contributions at Chino High School, where the school's field was named after him last year.

Caden's father, Joe Henderson of Colton, has worked with several area sports teams. And Caden's mother films his You Tube show and handles his social media accounts.

"CadenCenter" was launched five years ago on You Tube by Jill Henderson, who captured footage of her son reading baseball scores from local papers in the backseat of the family car.

The idea to interview sports stars came later. And his first official "CadenCenter" interview was with the voice of the Ontario Reign, Jeff Pope.

Since then, Caden has conducted post-game analysis on his show and has interviewed Reign President Justin Kemp and Carolina Panthers running back Kenjon Barner.

Caden comes to his interviews prepared with questions written down on a piece of paper he holds tightly in his hands. But once in "game mode," things just come naturally, said his mom.

When not behind the mike -- an ESPN-embossed microphone given him by a family friend -- Caden is often seen around town participating in local sports leagues and cheering on his favorite teams -- the Angels and the Los Angeles Lakers -- from his living room.

"We can't have a coffee table. We try, but we had to move it because he's all over the place," laughed his mom.

"CadenCenter" episodes are uploaded a day or two after interviews are conducted and can be seen on YouTube.

Updates on all things Caden can be found on his Facebook fan page or on Twitter.

 

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