Greater than 100 golfers participated on this 12 months’s occasion. All proceeds profit the Youth Disaster Middle in Jacksonville.
One 12 months in the past, the Hayden Hurst Household Basis was simply getting off the bottom working. Hurst, a graduate of the Bolles College, had solely lately shared his story of psychological sickness — first, exclusively, with First Coast News. He was nonetheless a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
One 12 months later, the world is a a lot completely different place.
Not simply due to a worldwide pandemic: Hurst’s story has modified the sport on the subject of psychological well being. His story was shared hundreds of occasions; after being traded to the Atlanta Falcons, the membership launched a 12.5 minute video, additional detailing Hurst’s battle with melancholy. Extra donations poured into the Hayden Hurst Household Basis, benefitting native psychological well being charities.
“My story and our Basis has simply exploded,” Hurst mentioned Monday, again dwelling in Jacksonville. “When the Falcons launched that video, the traction we have been in a position to get off of it was unimaginable. The help from everybody all around the nation, all around the world — it means so much to me. It is why I proceed to inform my story.”
It must be no shock, then, that the Hayden Hurst Household Basis’s second annual golf outing Monday at Deercreek Nation Membership had 116 golfers signed up, nearly 40 greater than a 12 months in the past. Golfers got here from so far as Cleveland and Baltimore for the occasion.
“It is unimaginable,” Hayden’s mom and the undisputed chief of the Basis, Cathy, added. “It is also simply thrilling to see folks have the ability to speak about psychological well being and know that it is alright. To know that no one’s good — nicely all have our points.
“We’re simply thrilled Hayden has a platform and has so many supporting him, particularly immediately.”
The transfer to Atlanta additionally noticed Hurst have a break-out season. The previous first-round choose set profession highs in receptions (56), receiving yards (571), and touchdowns (6).
The one factor that hasn’t modified?
“I have never performed in a couple of 12 months, so immediately can be very fascinating,” Hurst laughed. “Most likely have to get out on the driving vary I feel.”
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