St. Charles native and Washington University in St. Louis basketball player Justin Hardy dies at 22

St. Charles native and Washington University in St. Louis basketball player Justin Hardy dies at 22

ST. CHARLES, In poor health. (TOC) — Justin Hardy was a star on and off the court docket. The standout basketball participant from the west suburbs who really lived by the motto “thoughts over matter” is now being mourned by a number of communities.WATCH | Justin Hardy’s game-winning 3-point shot that went viral in 2018

Hardy made an impression straight away on Patrick Woods, the top basketball coach at St. Charles East Excessive Faculty.

“I might see him steal the ball and go away for a breakaway dunk,” Woods stated. “As a freshman, you do not see that too typically.”

Woods stated Hardy was versatile. He may dunk or nail a three-pointer, like he did a couple of years in the past to win the sport towards St. Charles North. His shot went viral.

Hardy was additionally a pacesetter off of the court docket, Woods stated, calling him a “phenomenal scholar” who graduated highschool as a straight-A scholar with honors, then graduated school early.

Hardy attended Washington College in St. Louis, the place he additionally performed basketball, at the same time as he underwent chemotherapy for abdomen most cancers. He was profiled by ESPN a couple of months in the past.

“There isn’t any treatment for stage 4 abdomen most cancers proper now,” he informed ESPN. “And I am being put into this recreation that I, in idea, I’ve zero probability of profitable.”

Nonetheless, Hardy stored a optimistic angle and was a supply of inspiration for a lot of. He gained an award for braveness throughout Remaining 4 weekend and returned to St. Charles East for a particular basketball recreation in his honor.

However on Sunday, his household broke the information that Hardy died on the age of twenty-two.

His father tweeted, “After 13 months of courageously redefining what it means to reside with most cancers, Justin handed peacefully early this morning.”

Woods stated that whereas the loss is heartbreaking, he is discovering consolation in tales from different academics about Hardy’s compassion.

“I’ve a scholar at school that some children may be making enjoyable of or choosing on and never wish to sit subsequent to, and positive sufficient, he pulled the chair up proper subsequent to that scholar and have become mates with them and sat with them the remainder of the semester,” Woods stated.

A legacy celebration will happen in Hardy’s honor on Friday within the fitness center at St Charles East. Organizers say it was one among Hardy’s needs that those that attend put on their favourite workforce’s jersey.

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