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NCAA to honor late basketball player Lauren Hill

Posted at 8:12 AM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 08:12:13-05

Lauren Hill will receive a 2016 NCAA Inspiration Award. 

Hill inspired people with her fight against brain cancer and raised over $1.5 million for cancer research before she died April 10. The Division III women's basketball player just wanted to play one game in college.

The NCAA agreed to let Hill's team, Mount St. Joseph, move up its opening game against Hiram College by two weeks because her condition was deteriorating. Xavier University offered its 10,000-seat arena so more people could attend. Tickets sold out in less than an hour.

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According to the NCAA, the Inspiration Award is reserved for people who, when confronted with life-altering situations, used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome the event, and most importantly, now give hope and inspiration to others. 

O.J. Brigance, a football player at Rice University, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007 will also receive the award. 

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