Athlete of the year: Donovan Hasson

FullSizeRenderPlaying three sports, basketball, football and track & field, throughout his high school career, this student-athlete has been a difference maker for all the teams he has played for. This year, he was a starting receiver for the football team, a part-time starter on the basketball team at small forward, and ran the 100m, 200m, and long jump for the track & field team.  The student-athlete for the 2017 Galileo Pendulum is senior, Donovan H.

Donovan’s strongest sport this year was football. He was named to the Athletic Academic Association honorable mention team, averaging 40 yards per game rushing and catching, according to Maxpreps. Throughout the 2016 football season, he accumulated a total of 200 yards. He also completed 10 catches and had 2 receiving touchdowns.

During the basketball season, Donovan was a key contributor to the Lions team that went 11-1 and tied for 1st in Division 2. According to Coach Huynh, he was a defensive energizer & brought a sense of seriousness that was needed on the team.

Donovan got into sports because he wanted to follow in the path that both his mom and dad set before him. His dad played football, basketball, baseball, & ran track and field in high school and his mom played volleyball and also ran track and field while in high school in Arizona. With a sports background from both his mom and dad, Donovan started playing sports when he was 3 years old.

While at Roosevelt Middle School, Donovan played 4 sports, soccer, basketball, baseball & track. He had never played organized football until he got to Galileo. While Donovan believes that basketball is his best sport, he is going to play football for college.

Next year, Donovan will attend Texas Southern University and join the football team as a wide receiver. He contacted the football coach after he was accepted to Texas Southern U and will spend the summer in Texas training with the football team.

Donovan hopes that his talents and abilities will lead him to make it to the NFL, but also help him earn his degree. He is trying to achieve these goals for himself and for his family because he wants to make them proud and these are goals he has pursued his whole life.