FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
COMCAST SPORTSNET TO TELEVISE SPECIAL, NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAME FEATURING TERMINALLY-ILL MOUNT ST. JOSEPH U. FRESHMAN LAUREN HILL
Game telecast between Mt. St. Joseph University and Hiram College, to be played in front a sold out crowd at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, will air Sunday, November 2 at 1:00 PM CT
Viewers are urged to voice their support for Lauren via Twitter by utilizing the hashtags #Layup4Lauren and #1More4Lauren leading up to and throughout the game telecast
Chicago, IL (October 30, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet Chicago has announced it will be carrying a very special NCAA Division III women’s college basketball contest featuring Mount St. Joseph University freshman forward LAUREN HILL, who has been diagnosed with terminal and inoperable brain cancer, as she will be playing in her first collegiate game in front of a sold out, 10,000+ crowd of supporters at Xavier University’s Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH. Comcast SportsNet’s live coverage of this can’t miss Mount St. Joseph vs. Hiram College game will air this coming Sunday, November 2 at 1:00 PM CT. The game telecast is being provided to CSN Chicago via Fox Sports Ohio.
Hill, a standout high school basketball player from Lawrenceburg, IN, originally committed to play for Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati on her 18th birthday. Less than two months later, in November of just last year, Hill was diagnosed with DIPG (diffuse intrinsic potine glioma), a cancer of the brainstem that primarily affects children. Hill’s diagnosis was terminal, but her first question wasn’t about her illness, it was about her future as an athlete. “Can I still play basketball?” Through her own determination and the support of loved ones, she continued to play basketball throughout her six weeks of radiation and chemo therapy. Her courage and strength could only be described in one word: inspirational.
Sadly, Hill was dealt with another setback last month as an MRI revealed her tumor had grown and she most likely would not make it to the end of this calendar year. This heartbreaking new round of information for Hill and her family also likely meant that she would not get to realize her dream of taking the court as Mount St. Joseph’s schedule was set to open on Nov. 15. However, that didn’t stop Hill, her family, or Mount St. Joseph University to make a very special plea to the NCAA.
In an unprecedented move, the NCAA proudly agreed to grant Mount St. Joseph’s request to move the game up to this coming Sunday, November 2. This amazing story quickly circulated from being a local news item to gaining national attention by numerous media outlets around the country. The outpouring of worldwide love and support on social media for Hill and her wish to play one last time has become a story in itself, as it truly showcases the mass appreciation of one’s determination and spirit. All eyes on Sunday afternoon will no doubt be on #22 Lauren Hill.
Fans on social media can voice their support for Hill leading up to and throughout Sunday’s game telecast by utilizing the Twitter hashtags #1More4Lauren and #Layup4Lauren. In addition, Hill is a spokesperson, fundraiser and advocate for children battling brain cancer via The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Viewers wishing to make a donation to this special cause are urged to the visit the foundation’s website: thecurestartsnow.org.