Sad news in the University of Michigan family. Austin Hatch, who has committed to play basketball at the U of M in 2013, is in a medically induced coma after the plane his father was flying crashed into a residential garage. His father, Dr. Stephen Hatch and his stepmother, Kimberly Hatch were killed in the crash. Here’s a link to the story from indiananewscenter.com.
Austin and his father were in a plane crash before when his father clipped a power pole back in 2003 where he lost his mother, brother, sister and family dog.
They have set up a page for you to visit and I think you can donate on that page as well. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/AustinHatch
Michigan is working with the NCAA to figure out what all they can do to help without violating in NCAA rules. Michigan has done this with another student, actually a brother of a student athlete, Brock Mealer in the past. They helped him from being told he’d never walk again, to leading the team out on the field. Read the story here. I was at the UCONN/Michigan game where Brock walked out onto the field. I cried at the ovation he received.
These kinds of stories get lost with all the NCAA violations and players in trouble. I’m sure every school has them, these are a couple of Michigan’s. Keep Austin in your thoughts as he recovers from this tragedy, both physically, and mentally from losing all of his family.