This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome Austin Hatch, a two-time plane crash survivor and inspirational speaker. Hatch’s story is nothing short of Miraculous. On Labor Day of 2003, Hatch and his family were flying home from their vacation home in northern Michigan. As they were preparing to land, the aircraft crashed and burst into flames. Hatch’s dad threw him out of the plane, saving his life and went back into the flames to get his mother, sister and brother, but tragically, was unable to. His mother, sister and brother did not survive.
Years later, Hatch was offered a scholarship to play basketball for Michigan. Nine days later, on June 24th, 2011, Hatch’s father and “second mother” were involved in a plane crash and both died on impact. Hatch suffered severe injuries and nearly lost his life. After being in a coma for two months, he had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat and basically how to live his life, once he woke up. With the help of many, many people and against the odds, Hatch persevered and was able to make a solid comeback to take the place at university that was held open for him.
Hatch believes that in part, the reason he survived two plane crashes, endured tragic losses and made it through an amazing road to recovery, was to help others. He has been sharing his story of encouragement to help inspire others to work harder and get better in the years since.
Highlights from the Podcast:
- Austin shares what he is up to recently
- Growing up after a tragedy
- Getting the call to play at Michigan
- The journey to recovery after broken bones and a medically induced coma
- Life after basketball and inspiring others
Watch Austin’s Story—> Miraculous: The Austin Hatch Story
You can find him on Twitter @AustinHatch30 or on LinkedIn.
Highlights from the Podcast:
Austin shares what he is up to recently
Growing up after a tragedy
Getting the call to play at Michigan
The journey to recovery after broken bones and a medically induced coma
Life after basketball and inspiring others
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