AUDIO: Lauren Hill’s Dad Welcomes Fans To Third Annual Tipoff Classic
By Mike Perleberg
Lauren Hill wears a gray 22 jersey as she goes for a basket during her college basketball debut for Mount St. Joseph University on November 2, 2014. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – They’ll play basketball and remember Lauren Hill at the Cintas Center on Saturday.
The Third Annual Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic will see a double header of women’s basketball games on the same court where Lawrenceburg High School graduate Lauren Hill made her college basketball debut in 2014 while battling a terminal brain cancer diagnosis.
Lauren’s father Brent Hill says it is great to see the event happening again.
“It’s been really nice to see. I know Lauren is very, very proud of that, because that’s all she wanted out of this. She wanted to be able to touch people and touch these kids and continue to help them. Myself and her father and Lisa as her mother, we can’t be more proud of what she’s done and it’s our job to just try to keep her dream alive and keep it going,”
The Hills have done great work. Lauren was able to reach her goal of $2.2 million in fundraising for The Cure Starts Now Foundation shortly after her death in April of 2015. Many still give even three years since Lauren’s story took off, with about $2.4 million raised to date.
LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH BRENT HILL IN THE AUDIO PLAYER BELOW.
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The Cure Starts Now Foundation funds research for a cure for DIPG, the type of pediatric brain cancer that claimed Lauren’s life.
“Those letters are on the tips of people’s tongues now. She got it out there in front of the world,” Brent says.
You can donate to The Cure Starts Now Foundation at www.Layup4Lauren.org.
The first game of the Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic begins at 5:00 p.m. and will pit Xavier’s women’s team against New Hampshire.
Mount St. Joseph University, with whom Lauren played, will play Hiram College at about 7:15. Hiram was gracious in allowing Hill to score multiple times in her first college game.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $10 per person.
Starting at 4:00 p.m., kids in grades 8 and under are invited to participate in the Bounce for a Cure event to “bounce” to Cintas Center and do their Layup4Lauren on the Sedler Family Plaza before heading in to the game. Participants will dribble through campus to the front entrance of Cintas Center, where they will make a Layup4Lauren outside on the plaza. All kids who participate in the event will receive a free Xavier basketball, courtesy of Home City Ice, and a ticket to the games.