Matt Anderson Opens Up About Autistic Nephew

First and foremost, I’d like to thank Mr. Matt Anderson for giving me the opportunity to have a very personal conversation with him. Right from the start, I told him that I don’t want to ask him about volleyball because he always talks about it.

I made him decide on the subject he and I could talk about and we both agreed to talk about his nephew Tristin who he describes as a loving, intelligent, motivating, interesting and beautiful kid.

Before you get to know more about Tristin and how special he is, let’s get to know Matt Anderson as a volleyball player:

1. He joined Team USA in 2008 and plays as an outside hitter.

2. Matt is currently playing professionally in the Russian Super League with Zenit Kazan. He has previously played in Korea and Italy.

3. He made his Olympic debut at the 2012 London Olympics with Team USA finishing 5th. Individually, Matt was the 13th Best Scorer, 8th Best Spiker, 11th Best Server and 7th Best Passer.

4. Matt is two -time USA Volleyball Male Indoor Player Of The Year (2012 & 2013).

5. He played at Penn State in college where he was awarded as The 2008 AVCA Co-Player Of The Year (with Paul Lotman) after he led his school NCAA Men’s Division I Championship. Matt was also recognized as The Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

6. Matt stands at 204cm ( 6 ft 9 inches) cm with a spike reach of 373cm.

7. Matt has 4 tattoos, ie one for his father who died in 2010, one for his nephew (which we talked about), one for the 2012 Olympics and the most current one is about love.

8. He has 3 older sisters and 1 older brother.

9. Matt is on Twitter ( and an official Facebook Fan Page (

10. He is the ONLY Male Indoor Volleyball Player from Team USA to ever trend on Twitter (Trending Date of August 4th, 2012).

11. He strongly supports the fight versus Autism (

12. In 2009, he suffered from pneumonia and was in the hospital for 14 days.

13. Check out his full profile on Team USA:

Like what I’ve mentioned, my interview with Matt focuses on his relationship with his nephew who has autism. I really wanted to bring something different. A side of Matt we don’t get to see nor we read about.

A part of his life that I strongly believe can change how we perceive not just those who are autistic but others in general.

I proudly share the transcript of our tête-à-tête…

To read Volleywood’s interview with Matt about his nephew, click here.

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2 Responses to “Matt Anderson Opens Up About Autistic Nephew”

  1. moxox247

    Great blog I really enjoyed reading it if you do not mind could you possibly check out mine 🙂 Thank you xoxox


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