Growing up Daniel played a wide variety of sports ranging from Soccer, Basketball, Football, Track and Field, Baseball and Swimming. At just 8 years old he started playing basketball and continued playing throughout college on scholarship. At 16 he was already a certified lifeguard and a highly recruited athlete in multiple sports. In his senior year of high school he was recruited to play basketball for several NCAA Division 1 and 2 schools. Hayes however decided to attend college where he and his childhood best friend were offered athletic scholarships. After college Hayes went on to compete in MMA which then turned into his Olympic boxing journey and now his professional boxing career. Daniel uses his platform to inspire others and encourage the next generation of athletes.