NBA hopeful, Isaiah Austin, was recently diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome just days prior to the NBA draft. Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue in the body and makes competitive sports an extreme, and at times fatal, health risk. Austin was apparently playing through high school and at Baylor University without knowledge of his condition, but he will be unable to play professionally, due to the severity of the potential health risk.
However, NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, invited Austin to attend the draft as a guest an spoke on his behalf. He told Austin’s story from his middle school struggle of being blinded in his right eye to a college injury during his college career. Austin was then chosen, between the 15th and 16th pick, as a symbolic player.
Regardless of Austin’s set backs, he still shows hope for the future by stating, “When one door closes, God opens another one. I’m gonna dream again. I’m going to share my story with as many people as I can.” For this positive attitude and continuing to find a way to work hard, Isaiah Austin Fits the Mark.
The Fitmark Team