Inspirational Michigan player Austin Hatch speaks to the community on overcoming adversity and embracing life, after having endured loss and physical trauma resulting from two plane crashes.
The Niagara Falls School District, ChrisFit Personal Training, Niagara County Community College Men’s Basketball, Leverage Leadership, and The Indigo Project are proud to welcome Austin Hatch as a motivational speaker for students and the community alike as part of year’s District-wide focus on self-awareness and becoming one’s best self to build compassionate communities.
Austin Hatch is a remarkable young man, who persevered after two tragic events took the lives of family members including his mother, siblings, father, and “second mother,” and left him severely injured. His character and determination allowed him to not merely recover, but to fulfill his dream of being part of the basketball team for the University of Michigan.
Coach John Beilein, Men’s Head Basketball Coach and Newfane native, offered Hatch a full scholarship to the University of Michigan in 2011, which he accepted. Hatch’s journey didn’t bring him to Michigan until 2014. In a conversation his freshman year, he told Coach Beilein, “Coach, the way I see it, I’ve only really had two bad days in my life.” This perspective highlights Hatch’s ability to, not necessarily “use pain as a stepping stone, not a campground,” as quoted by Alan Cohen, but similarly, “to use adversity as a stepping stone, not a campground,” Austin Hatch.
Hatch will share the miraculous story of his incredible journey, both emotionally and physically, at 6:30 p.m. April 16th at the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road. The message is one of personal outlook, courage, and compassion.
“This is exactly the type of inspirational person we want to expose our students to,” Superintendent of Schools Mark Laurrie said. “I am confident he will have a meaningful impact on everyone who hears him.”