According to Fox 28, Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds honored 19-year-old college basketball player Lauren Hill Saturday, with fans coming out to pay respect to her legacy that extends from the hardwoods to the baseball diamond.
Glenda Sloane said, “She’s the strongest person in the world. She’s our hero.” Elizabeth Lloyd said, “It’s very touching and I think it’s wonderful how she’s impacted our city.”
A public memorial service is set for Monday in Cincinnati for the college basketball player who inspired many as she fought an inoperable brain tumor.
Hill died Friday at a Cincinnati hospital. She played in four games for Mount St. Joseph this past season and made five layups.
The memorial service will be Monday night at Xavier University‘s 10,000-seat basketball arena. That’s where Hill made a layup in front of a sold-out crowd to start the season.
Former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt and several WNBA players were in the crowd that day to see Hill take the court. She went on to help raise $1.5 million for cancer research.