Honorary captain serving as inspiration to Bates football team.

Honorary captain serving as inspiration to Bates football team.


COMPANY EXPECTS TO HOLD
MORE HERE IN MAINE FOR
20-20.  
 
 
 
ANNOUNCER: NOW, TOTAL
SPORTS. POWERED BY CHEVY
TRAVERSE.  
 
 
 
THE RED SOX ANNOUNCING
TODAY DAVE BUSH AS THEIR NEW
PITCHING COACH. BUSH,
WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT BUSH? COMES WITH TIES TO
MAINE, BUSH SPENT TWO
SEASON AS BRIDGTON
ACADEMY’S HEAD COACH AND IS
A MAINE RESIDENT.  
 
 
 
ADVERSITY IS SOMETHING THE
BATES FOOTBALL TEAM HAS
LEARNED PLENTY ABOUT THIS
YEAR. THE BOBCATS ARE 0-7, WITH SEVERAL CLOSE LOSSES. BUT WHEN THEY NEED A REALITY
CHECK ON WHAT REAL
ADVERSITY IS, THEY CAN LOOK
TO THEIR HONORARY
CAPTAIN–BRAYDEN AUSTIN
OF SABBATUS. WATCHING BRAYDEN AUSTIN ON
THE FOOTBALL FIELD YOU’D
NEVER KNOW WHAT HE’S BEEN
THROUGH. WHEN HE WAS TWO, A
UNDIAGNOSED GENETIC
DISORDER LED TO A TWISTED
INTESTINE—HE LOST ALL OF
HIS SMALL INTESTINE, HALF
HIS LARGE INTESTINE, HAD 2 MAJOR STROKES AND SPENT 3
MONTHS AT BARBARA BUSH. ‘HE’S A MIRACLE KID, WHERE
HE’S AT IS A COMPLETE
MIRACLE.”
AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT,
AUSTIN ATTENDED A DANCE
MARATHON TO BENEFIT BARBARA BUSH LAST
YEAR–THAT’S WHERE HE MET
MALIK HALL THE BOBCATS HEAD
COACH
‘WHEN GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY
TO HELP CHILDREN OVERCOME, IT’S A GREAT PARALLEL FOR
WHAT I WANT OUR GUYS TO DO.,”
THAT MEETING LED TO AN
INVITATION FROM HALL TO
JOIN THE TEAM. IN
SEPTEMBER, AUSTIN TOOK THE FIELD FOR THE PREGAME COIN
TOSS, AND NOWADAYS IS
PRESENT AT THE TEAM’S
THURSDAY PRACTICE AND
TAKES PART IN THE
STRETCHING SEGMENT. THE INTERACTION HAS HAD A
POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE 6-
YEAR OLD. ‘WHEN YOU FIND OUT YOU ARE
COMING OUT HERE, ARE YOU
EXCITED? “YEAH”
“WHY?’
“I GET TO PLAY FOOTBALL.’
‘HE HAS COME OUT OF HIS
SHELL, HE WANTS TO SHARE HIS
STORY, HE USED TO BE THE ONE WHO WOULD CLINCH TO ME TO THE
SIDE, BUT NOW HE’S COME OUT,
AND HTIS IS HIS TEAM, HE’S
THE CAPTAIN, HE’S PART OF
THIS TEAM, HE WANTS TO MAKE
SURE HE IS HERE, HE ASKS ME EVERY DAY, WHEN DO I HAVE
PRACTICE? WHEN DO I HAVE
PRACTICE? BUT IT’S NOT ONLY AUSTIN WHO
IS BENEFITING FROM HIS NEW
ROLE ON THE TEAM. ‘HE’S REALLY AN
INSPIRATEION, YOU CANNOT
LOOK AT BRAYDEN AND NOT GET
EXCITED ABOUT BEING AT
FOOTBALL.’
‘YOU READ HIS STORY AND IT BRINGS YOU TO TEARS PRETTY
MUHC AND HOW HE’S JUST
FOUGHT THE WHOLE WAY, IT’S,
YOU NEED THAT IN FOOTBALL TO
FIGHT THROUGH ADVERSITY.’
AND WITH TWO MORE GAMES, BATES WOULD LIKE NOTHING
MORE THAN TO WIN ONE FOR
THEIR CAPTAIN.  
 
 
 
THANKS, TR

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