By Mike Dyer, WCPO.com
Besides playing Xbox and taking jumpers on the family basketball hoop, Jaxson Hayes wanted a new challenge for his summer afternoons.
So a few weeks ago he decided to bus tables at nearby Shooters Bar and Grille in Loveland. The Moeller 6-foot-10 senior forward presumably doesn’t need the extra cash in his family, but he wanted the job.
But Jaxson had an inner motivation for the new gig just as he does putting in the extra effort as a student-athlete. He wanted to earn some spending money for the occasional bite to eat and to pay his monthly iPhone data plan.
The 17-year-old is also responsible for sharing in the household chores with his three younger siblings, including Loveland sophomore basketball standout Jillian Hayes who recently earned her first scholarship offer from Northern Kentucky University.
The reality is there are no shortcuts in the Hayes’ household.
“That’s important,” says his mother, Kristi Hayes. “That’s real-life stuff. He is not entitled.”
A lengthy conversation with Jaxson, and his parents -- Kristi and her husband, longtime Bengals Tight Ends Coach Jonathan Hayes -- also proves that axiom. Jaxson’s genuine smile and affable personality among teammates and visitors says it all.