Austin Hatch is a motivational speaker and author, known for his inspiring story of resilience and perseverance. He survived two plane crashes, which claimed the lives of his entire immediate family, and overcame significant physical and emotional challenges to graduate from The University of Michigan. Today, he shares his story and message of Grit & Thriving with audiences across the country.
Why you should book Austin Hatch for your next event
- Austin’s story of triumph over tragedy is both inspiring and motivational. His ability to overcome such immense personal loss and to not only survive but thrive, is a testament to his strength of character and determination. By sharing his story, Austin will inspire your audience to believe in themselves, to overcome challenges and to pursue their dreams, regardless of the obstacles they face.
- Austin is a dynamic and engaging speaker who knows how to capture an audience’s attention and keep them engaged. He uses humor, personal anecdotes, and relatable examples to deliver his message in an entertaining and memorable way. He has the ability to connect with his audience on a deep level, leaving them feeling empowered and energized.
- Austin’s message of Grit & Thriving in the midst of adversity is relevant to a wide range of audiences, from business professionals to students. His message is especially important in today’s world, where people are facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainties. By sharing his personal journey, Austin helps audiences to develop the resilience and grit they need to persevere and thrive in the face of adversity.
On Labor Day of 2003, Austin and his were flying from northern Michigan to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. As they were preparing to land, the aircraft crashed and burst into flames. Austin’s dad threw him out of the plane to save his life. Afterwards he went back into the flames to get his mom, sister and brother, but tragically, was unable to. His mom, sister and brother did not survive. Austin and his dad grieved the loss of the family members but still found ways to keep living in the midst of the incomprehensible pain. They pushed each other to overcome, as they knew their mom, sister and brother would’ve wanted.
Eventually, Austin’s dad met a new woman named Kimberly, who had three kids of her own. They got married and together, formed a wonderful blended family. Meanwhile, Austin worked hard on his basketball skills and began to have success on the court. His dream was to play for The University of Michigan. On June 15, 2011, Coach Beilein offered Austin a full scholarship to play basketball for The University of Michigan, which he accepted. It was a dream come true.
Nine days later, on June 24th, 2011, Austin’s father and “second mother” were flying to Northern Michigan to have a weekend of celebration. As they were preparing to land, the aircraft crashed, and Austin’s dad and second mom were killed on impact. Austin suffered severe injuries and was nearly killed. After being in a coma for over two months, he had to relearn how to walk, talk and basically how to live his life. With the help of many incredible doctors, nurses, therapists, his family and friends, Austin made a great comeback to take the place at The University of Michigan that coach Beilein held open for him.
Eleven years later, Austin is a graduate of The University of Michigan and is a full time motivational speaker with a message about Grit & Thriving in the midst of adversity. Austin consider himself blessed to be in a position to add value to organizations across the country.
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