CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Xavier University and Mount St. Joesph University have teamed up to open their respective women's basketball seasons with the "Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic".
The doubleheader will tipoff at the Cintas Center on Saturday, Nov. 14. The season openers for the two schools will honor the Mount St. Joseph student who played for the Lions despite battling an inoperable brain tumor.
"Lauren's courage and positive approach to adversity inspired everyone who heard her story," said Xavier Athletics Director Greg Christopher. "This tribute to Lauren is another way her spirit can impact others. Our goal is to honor Lauren and her fight, along with continuing to raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer."
Xavier Athletics announced the season-opening event will be an annual kickoff to future XU and MSJ women's basketball seasons. Xavier will begin the doubleheader at 1:00 p.m. and MSJ will play Hiram College around 30 minutes after the Xavier game.
"I'm not sure there is a better way to open our basketball season this fall than doing something to honor Lauren," said Mount St. Joseph Athletics Director Steve Radcliffe. "Her courageous battle was an inspiration to all of us. Lauren left her mark at MSJ and we will continue her legacy."
Ticket proceeds of the games will benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation, a non-profit for raising money for pediatric cancer research. The price for tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.