Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lauren Hill- What the Arthur Ashe EPSY Award Is Truly About

Last night while the ESPN EPSY awards were handed out,
Lauren Hill
the grand daddy award - The Arthur Ashe Award for courage- was handed out to Bruce Jenner dressed in drag.  He was given this award for dressing like a woman and mutilating his body over many others that were truly worthy including Lauren Hill, who was awarded a lesser award earlier in the night.

Lauren Hill who was from Greendale, Indiana, was a female basketball player battling brain cancer.

Hill's battle with cancer became public when the NCAA agreed to allow Mount St. Joseph to play Hiram College two weeks prior to the original game date so Hill could play. The location of the game was also originally moved from Hiram's Price Gymnasium to Mount St. Joseph's Harrington Center so that Hill would not have to travel the over 300 miles from Cincinnati to Hiram. However due to public interest in the game, it was later moved from the 2,000 seat Harrington Center to the 10,250 seat Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University.

Over 10,000 packed the Cintas Center in November of last year to watch Lauren make her long-awaited debut on the college basketball court.

Lauren showed us through heart, determination, courage, strength and faith that, no matter what, it is possible to achieve your dreams," Lauren’s mother Lisa Hill said.

The Mt. Saint Joseph basketball player passed away in April from that rare brain tumor, but not before impacting millions around the world and raising awareness for DIPG. She led the charge for DIPG awareness raising $1.5 million for cancer research.

Why Hill showed courage that was immeasurable:

Hill's family signed her up for hospice care on December 1, 2014.

After Hill played in four games and made five layups, Mount St. Joseph basketball coach Dan Benjamin announced that she would not play in future games but would like to stay on as an honorary coach.

On January 7, 2015, Hill served as Assistant Coach for Mount St. Joseph University women's basketball team.

On February 6, 2015, Hill was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree by Mount St. Joseph University.

On March 4, 2015, she was named to the all-conference first team in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. "This award is being presented to Lauren in recognition of her courage and outstanding leadership," said conference commissioner Chris Ragsdale.

On April 5, 2015, she was given the Pat Summitt Courage Award. She died on April 10, 2015 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. A public visitation and memorial service was held on April 13, 2015 at the Cintas Center with a private funeral and burial scheduled for April 15, 2015.

In June 2015 Hill was honored with a brick in the courtyard of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame; the brick says LAUREN HILL and below that says HERO.

Lauren Hill we honor you as a true hero and someone that showed us what courage really is.  God Bless You. 

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