Xavier to honor late Lauren Hill with ‘Tipoff Classic’

Xavier University will honor the late Lauren Hill by naming a tournament in her honor. As was reported by CBS Sports, the school will host the “Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic” this fall.

Once a women’s basketball player at Division III Mount St. Joseph, Hill’s name went viral when the NCAA allowed the program to start it’s season two weeks early so that Hill could get on the court.

Hill was summering from terminal brain cancer at the time and became a household name when she appeared in her team’s season opener against Hiram College that fall. The fans roared to Hill’s delight.

She would enter hospice care in December and passed away at age 19 this past April.

Xavier AD Greg Christopher briefly addressed the tournament.

“Lauren’s courage and positive approach to adversity inspired everyone who heard her story,” Greg Christopher, Xavier’s athletic director, said. “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.”

Needless to say, with Xavier and Mount St. Joseph both based in Cincinnati, this is a great move for all the right reasons.

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