Hill, a native of Greendale, Ind., was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor during her senior year of high school, but decided to play for Division III Mount St. Joseph’s, which is located near Cincinnati.
The NCAA granted the school permission to move up its opening game this season because of her condition.
The 19-year-old Hill played in four games this season and made five layups, including two in her final game, a 66-65 victory over the College of Wooster on Dec. 16. She ended her playing career soon after and became an honorary coach for the team.
“This award is being presented to Lauren in recognition of her courage and outstanding leadership,” HCAC Commissioner Chris Ragsdale said. “Lauren has been a tremendous inspiration and role model for all student-athletes across the country. She has shown through her leadership and dedication how one individual can truly make a difference."
Hill has continued to collect money for cancer research, raising more than $1.3 million so far. She also received an honorary Doctor of Human Letters from Mount St. Joseph and was presented with the HCAC Inspiration Award.
- Scooby Axson