Opposing team honors Mount St. Joseph player Lauren Hill in stirring tribute
The tributes continue as Mount St. Joseph freshman women’s basketball player Lauren Hill — whose first collegiate game in November was national news — continues to battle an inoperable brain tumor.
Players from Indiana’s Anderson University joined their Mount St. Joseph opponents in a prayer circle to honor Hill prior to their game Wednesday night.
"I think they called me on Monday and said they were going to do something presentation-wise at the beginning, say a prayer, which is awesome, and then they are doing the layup challenge for Lauren," Mount Saint Joseph head coach Dan Benjamin told TheIndyChannel.com.
During halftime, participants took part in what has become a nationwide event: The Layup4Lauren, in which a person spins around five times before shooting a layup with their non-dominant hand. It’s supposed to simulate how dizzy Hill, 19, feels when she plays.
Although she was unable to make the trip to Anderson, Indiana, Hill’s spirit loomed large.
"For someone our age, it puts it into perspective, like how short life can be and to make the most of it," Anderson student Shelby Crutcher told WRTV.