Austin Is My Brother Wristbands

Submitted by MGoShoe on July 7th, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Embedded in this article about the Hatch Family memorial service is a video piece about an effort undertaken by Austin Hatch's teammates to show their support for him.

Jake and Zach Drapala, friends and teammates at Canterbury High School of Austin Hatch, created "Austin is my brother" wristbands, reported. The blue wristbands are free, although donations are accepted. To get a wristband, email [email protected].

I'd suggest that if you do email a request for one you ask how you can send a donation to at least offset the cost of the bands and postage.



July 7th, 2011 at 11:16 AM ^

It has to be asked:

Are there any NCAA issues with "donating" money?  Would it perhaps be better if the wristband was "bought" with a donation that exactly equaled the cost of the band and the postage?


July 7th, 2011 at 11:51 AM ^

...amount when you send the email request. Paying for the cost of the band and the postage does not provide any tangible benefit to Austin Hatch so there's no way this is problematic. You're just paying the costs incurred by his teammates to do this gesture.


July 7th, 2011 at 12:01 PM ^

you want as long as you are not a booster. 


So just be sure to not contact Austin or send any messages and you are fine (as long as you are not a season ticket holder).


July 7th, 2011 at 4:16 PM ^

A "booster" is a very broad term though, and more than just season ticket holders are included. I know for a fact that all students and alumni are considered boosters and many more fall under the same label. To be safe I emailed them saying I would like to send them the money to coverial the material and shipping costs and will donate more later if it is deemed acceptable by the NCAA.


July 7th, 2011 at 12:14 PM ^

I wonder if it matters what you donate.

Austin's name is on the band.  Is that an issue by itself?  I'm going to send an e-mail to the AD and see what they say.