Lauren Hill honored with Pat Summitt award by USBWA

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Lauren Hill is still touching people months after her ongoing battle with pediatric brain cancer came to light nationally.

Hill has raised over $2 million for her cause and was honored by the United States Basketball Writers Association on Sunday at the Final Four with the Pat Summitt most courageous award.

Her coach at Mount St. Joseph Dan Benjamin said how Hill, who is in a hospital in Cincinnati, is still fighting the good fight.

''I couldn't be more proud of Lauren,'' he said. ''To be here in Lauren's honor, I'd much rather she be here than me. Here's a 19-year old girl teaching me about life.''

The USBWA presented Hill the award at her first game in early November. Summitt attended that game which drew 10,000 people.

Her son Tyler said on Saturday how much his mom was touched by Hill.

''It takes a lot for Pat Summitt to get inspired. Usually she's the one who is the inspiration,'' Tyler Summitt said. ''When she came back and we talked, she said `man I love Lauren, she's a fighter. I love that kid'''.

Other award winners included Princeton's Courtney Banghart as coach of the year and UConn's Breanna Stewart as the Anne Meyers Drysdale player of the year.

Former NCAA vice president of women's basketball Sue Donohoe was honored with the inaugural Mary Jo Haverback award given to a person who excelled at servicing the media or providing an inspiration to those in sports journalism.

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