UM's Austin Hatch to receive Wilma Rudolph Award (for overcoming unthinkable obstacles)

Submitted by Wolverine In Iowa 68 on May 11th, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Former Michigan basketball player and student assistant/manager Austin Hatch was named one of five recipients of the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award on Thursday.

The national award is presented by the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) and honors student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.


Personally, having followed a lot of Austin's story over the past few years, I can't think of anyone more deserving.  His perserverence and courage have been an example for us all.  A truly remarkable young man.


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May 11th, 2018 at 2:04 PM ^

Well, the kid went through a lot, to be sure, but "unthinkable obstacles"??? 

To me, an unthinkable obstacle is walking out of your house and finding an impenetrable 50-foot-high wall of human entrails with the evil guys from Mad Max on the other side. 


Hatch is an amazing dude that's been through a ton and come out the other side. I very seriously doubt life will throw more at him than he can handle... 

Indy Pete - Go Blue

May 11th, 2018 at 2:05 PM ^

He is the a epitome of a high character Michigan man. I am so happy for him and proud of him for his outstanding attitude and leadership. He and his beautiful wife will make some amazing wolverine babies, God willing. Congrats Austin!


May 11th, 2018 at 2:53 PM ^

overcome more than having to learn to walk and talk again. He has already had an amazing life and accomplished more than most of us ever will. Congratulations, Austin.