Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kid who survived two plane crashes and an eight week coma is going to play basketball for Michigan

Hatch with his uncle and legal guardian
Wow.  How about that for a headline?  I use the term "unbelievable" a lot in regards to sports, but this takes it to a whole other level.  In 2003 Austin Hatch lived through a plane crash that killed his mother, brother, and sister.  In June of 2011 Hatch verbally committed to play basketball at Michigan, but just 10 days later was involved in another plane crash.  This one killed his father, and left Austin in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, broken ribs, and a punctured lung.

He's been rehabbing for the last two years, and is almost ready to take the court again.  Hatch will play one more season in high school this winter, then head to Ann Arbor in the fall, where coach John Beilein and the Wolverines are making good on their promise; he signed a letter of intent last week.

Clearly if Hatch is going to play Division 1 basketball he still plans on setting foot on airplanes; that is one brave kid.  Here's more on the story from

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