CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mount St. Joseph's Lauren Hill was presented with the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's Inspiration Award
Following the victory against Hiram College, over 100 HCAC women's basketball players and coaches were in attendance as Lauren was presented with the HCAC Inspiration Award by Commissioner Chris Ragsdale.
"As a member of the women's basketball team at Mount St. Joseph University Lauren is one of over 4,000 student-athletes that participate in intercollegiate athletics in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference," said Commissioner Ragsdale in a release. "I was thrilled that all of our conference women's basketball teams could be here today for Lauren and share their respect for her courage and determination."
"We are deeply appreciative of the opportunity to celebrate this tremendous experience with Lauren and her family," added Ragsdale.
At halftime, Lauren was presented with the Pat Summitt Most Courageous award by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). She was presented the award by Mel Greenberg, Tamika Catchings, and legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt herself.
Last year, as a high school senior in Lawrenceburg Hill committed to play basketball at Mount St. Joseph.
Hill's coach says just 49 days after that, she brought them the news that she was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). It's a condition so rare, only about 150 cases are identified in children in North America each year.