The Hayden Hurst Family Foundation was established in 2018 by current Cincinnati Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst and is now run by his mother and Vice President, Cathy Hurst, since retiring from her career in Sales. Drafted out of the Bolles School in 2012 by the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball, 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 Pirates and baseball and walked on at the University of South Carolina 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. In 2020, Hayden was traded to the Atlanta Falcons and in 2022, found his new home in Cincinnati as a free- agent.