Business student Matt Hayden plans on enjoying his final year at UC, just as he has the years preceding this one.
|UC Men's Soccer vs Louisville, October 2004. Copyright Brett Hansbauer.|
"Gettler is really nice, a great pitch for us. It turned out great,” says soccer captain Matt Hayden. Hayden has other reasons to like Gettler. “It’s also pretty cool to have one of the two soccer pictures on the wall down in the corner be of me.”
Hayden has reason to be proud, but not just because his face is forever part of Gettler stadium.
|Hayden received the Carl H. Lindner Award for Scholarship in 2004.|
|Matt Hayden and NKU opponent.|
In the College of Business, Hayden is studying finance and real estate. He is interested in the construction industry and hopes to start his own company some day. But first he would like to take a shot at another goal: professional soccer.
“I would like to go pro, at least for a year or two,” says Hayden. “I’d love to go overseas to play.”
Raised in a military family, Hayden moved frequently while he was growing up. As a result (luckily), he loves to travel. During winter break 2004, he went to New Zealand, the home of teammate Wiremu Patrick.
“It’s a beautiful country,” Hayden says. “I’d love to go back.”
Speaking of beautiful country, Hayden calls Colorado his home. So what drew Hayden to UC from Liberty High School in Colorado Springs when the recruiters came calling?
|President Nancy Zimpher congratulates Hayden upon receiving the Lindner Award.|
"You can either see yourself at a place or not,” says Hayden. “From my first visit here I liked the team, I liked the people. Other places just didn’t feel right. They weren’t as friendly.”
Hayden found his intuition to be correct. He has found many friends at UC, most of them fellow athletes. In his spare time, he likes to play soccer, watch soccer and read about soccer.
“I’m a soccer junkie,” he says, smiling. When pressed, he admits to also enjoying skiing, snowboarding and camping.
Besides athletics, he is also actively involved in the Cincinnati community, as are many UC student-athletes. Hayden has visited Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to sign autographs and play with the kids. He also tutors grade-school children at Washington Park school and enjoys just hanging out with the kids. Through C.P.A.W.S. (Committee to Promote Athlete Welfare and Success), he has helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Hayden also volunteers for the TOPS (The Outreach Program for Soccer) soccer clinic and Special Olympics. Hayden obviously enjoys working with children, and would like to coach soccer someday.
|Hayden's love of soccer will carry on past his days at UC. Copyright Brett Hansbauer|