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18 May 2015

AAU Volleyball Member Excels

AAU Volleyball Member Excels

Baron Hahn is an exceptional volleyball player and an inspirational human being. The Winter Park High School alumnus is the first men’s volleyball player in Florida to be recruited by the top men’s volleyball team and NCAA Division I National Champions - Loyola Chicago.

The 6’8 middle hitter has a standing reach of 8’6 and a block and approach jump over 11 feet and he plays for the Ocean Bay Volleyball Club, who repeatedly show up to the AAU Boys’ Junior Volleyball National Championships. Hahn has played AAU since 2010, both in Volleyball and Boys Basketball. Hahn’s middle school volleyball coach exudes support for the eighteen year old.

“Baron played volleyball all three years at the Maitland Middle School, and his first year in sixth grade was also his first year to ever experience the sport,” said Kevin Neff, Maitland Middle School’s Athletic Director and Volleyball Coach. “He stood out at tryouts because of his height as a sixth grader, but once on the team it was his hard work and attitude that helped improve his skill on the court and establish his leadership amongst his teammates.”

What he brings to the court is impressive, but off the court might be even better. As a young child, he was diagnosed with a physical, learning and speech disability.

My parents were told that I would have to be in a learning environment for children with disabilities,” explained Hahn. “My parents believed differently, they took me out of the special needs school and enrolled me in a main stream learning environment- public school with the support of an IEP (Individualized Education Program).”

After years of hard work and with supportive family, friends and teachers, the scholar student was accepted into Winter Park High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program in the 9th grade. After four years at WPHS, he was a part of the Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball team, a 4-year member of the Varsity volleyball team, several school clubs and volunteer opportunities and was ultimately recruited by Loyola Chicago University, where he will continue his volleyball career.

While doing all of this in high school, he also created “3 to 5 Days”, a non-profit organization for providing clean water and engaging communities to create a business model around the need for water to sustain their villages.

“We are giving them the tools that they need (water filters and wells) but also educating these village members on how to create a business model,” said Hahn. “Many of these village members have become the “water deliver” in their villages making money and having their own ‘small businesses’.”

Hahn doesn’t believe in giving up and wants to make the world a better place.

“I live by the leadership principle that that the ‘best exercise for the human heart is reaching down and lifting another up’,” said the high school scholar athlete. “I work hard in mastering this lifestyle principle, both on and off the volleyball court so every day I can be the best version of myself.”

You’re doing a great job, Baron. Congratulations on all of your success and good luck in all of your future endeavors! 

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