The Hayden Hurst Family Foundation was established in 2018 by current Atlanta Falcons tight end, Hayden Hurst. 

After being drafted out of The Bolles School in 2012 to play baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Hayden struggled with pitch control in the minor leagues, eventually spiraling into depression and alcohol and drug abuse. Therapy and family support enabled Hayden to eventually pursue his passion – football. Hayden left the game of baseball and walked onto the University of South Carolina football team in the summer of 2015. There, he would become the all-time leader in career receptions for a tight end, and grab the school record for most receptions and receiving yards in a season by a tight end. He became the first sophomore in school history to be elected team captain, and in 2017 was named first team All SEC tight end. The Baltimore Ravens made him their first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and in 2020, he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons. 

An outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, Hayden established the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation to provide funding to programs that address mental health issues and provide mental health services to teens and adolescents.


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