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Haydar’s Legacy: Role Model Who Lived Dream

Kikko Haydar was milling around the University of Arkansas basketball offices on a summer day when he was approached with a favor. An Arkansas alum, who worked on the Arkansas Traveler sports staff when he was a student, was in town and wanted to visit with UA coach Mike Anderson, who he covered when the coach was an assistant in the late 80s.
Upon entering Anderson’s office reception area, he bumped into Haydar. He asked the Razorbacks guard if he would surprise his 14-year-0ld daughter and 12-year-old son who were looking around the Bud Walton museum.
Haydar asked the kids’ names and  agreed to visit with them.
When the father left Anderson’s office after a brief conversation, Haydar was still talking to the kids. The daughter was on campus for a softball camp — both kids claimed the former walk-on as their favorite player. They were surprised by the goodwill gesture.
When asked about

Photo by Samantha Baker/NWA Media Kikko Haydar has volunteered with children during his time as an Arkansas basketball player.

Photo by Samantha Baker/NWA Media
Kikko Haydar has volunteered with children during his time as an Arkansas basketball player.

the encounter a couple of months later while being interviewed for an Arkansas Life article, Haydar flashed a huge smile.
“The kids are important to me. I … Read more >