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Lauren Hill: Steph Curry & ESPYS Pay Tribute To Late Basketball Star

Wed, July 15, 2015 10:09pm EDT by 1 Comment

The ESPY Awards gave a touching tribute to one amazing girl! The late Lauren Hill was honored by Steph Curry and the ESPYS for her courage and incredible athleticism even as she battled terminal cancer. We miss you, Lauren!

Lauren Hill was just 19 when she succumbed to an inoperable brain tumor in April 2015. The grace and courage of the talented basketball player was so inspiring, and she was rightly honored in a beautiful tribute at the 2015 ESPY Awards on July 15, with a video tribute led by Stephen Curry. We’re still drying our tears over here.

Lauren was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2013, but while Lauren continued to become ill, she refused to succumb to the limits of her cancer. Lauren’s dream was to play college basketball, and that’s what she aimed to do before she died. She had been accepted to play for Division III school Mount St. Joseph in Cincinatti prior to getting sick; nothing was going to stop her from achieving greatness. That strength and ferocity was praised at the ESPY Awards as Steph presented a video showcasing her triumphant achievements on the court — and the inspiration she gave those who knew her story.

In November 2014, Lauren got her wish to play college basketball, and completely dominated her game. The NCAA switched their schedule around so Lauren could play with Mt. Joseph before she became too ill, and we’re sure they’re glad they did — she sunk a basket within 17 seconds of hitting the court! Nearly 10,000 fans showed up to support Lauren and show her their love.

Following Steph’s presentation, Lauren’s parents came onstage to thank ESPN and Lauren’s fans for their support during their difficult time. It was a heartbreaking, and touching moment that showed just how much the Hills have gone through after losing their daughter. They must be so proud.

HollywoodLifers, did you see Lauren’s tribute? Tell us what you think!

— Samantha Wilson