A doubleheader featuring Mount St. Joseph University and Defiance College women’s and men’s basketball teams on Saturday, January 23 at the Mount’s Harrington Center will honor Lauren Hill and raise money for the Forever 22 Scholarship Fund. The women’s game kicks off ‘Mount Madness’ at 1 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 3 p.m.
The first 500 fans to attend will receive a special pair of sunglasses to remind people how Lauren watched basketball games last year. Lauren was often seen wearing sunglasses to help shield her eyes from bright lights that caused her pain as a side effect of the DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).
“We wanted to give something out at the game that served as a meaningful remembrance of Lauren,” said Stephen Craig, assistant dean of student engagement and leadership. “Lauren never let anything stand in her way of watching basketball, especially when it came to watching her teammates. Our students fondly remember Lauren wearing sunglasses to games.”
Like Homecoming during football season, Mount Madness will be an opportunity for alumni to gather for a doubleheader and reconnect with friends in a festive atmosphere. Alumni, students and the public will have an opportunity take part in basketball shootouts on the court. Proceeds from Split the Pot, basket raffles and special t-shirt sales will benefit the Forever 22 Scholarship Fund. A party after the men’s game in the Harrington Center food court will offer free pizza and snacks.
Mount students, alumni, faculty and staff are admitted free with Mount ID. Tickets are available to the public for $5 for adults and $2 for seniors or students. Children are free.
Lauren Hill was diagnosed with DIPG as a senior in high school. Despite her prognosis, she accomplished her dream of playing college basketball and played for the Mount St. Joseph women’s basketball team as a freshman in 2014. She passed away on April 10, 2015.