No. 22 looms large at Lawrenceburg High gym

Posted at 12:30 AM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 00:30:01-04

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- There are little reminders of No. 22 everywhere.

Lawrenceburg High School opened its new gym Tuesday night, and the young woman who became perhaps its most inspirational graduate loomed large.

Lauren Hill, who died in April after her battle with brain cancer, touched the lives of people around the world -- a huge feat for someone largely unknown a year ago.

Hill's motto -- "Never give up" -- is written in tile in the high school gym's entrance. The school installed a display case dedicated to the 19-year-old basketball player, showcasing her Lawrenceburg High jerseys and the ESPY awarded to her for Best Moment in sports in 2014; her parents, Lisa and Brent Hill, collected that trophy in July, just months after their daughter passed away.

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"She was just someone I knew, some when I think of Lauren, I think of her as someone I went to high school with," high school classmate Harrison Lehn said. "Then you look at this, and there's stuff from all over the world and everything she did."

Hill just wanted to play one basketball game in college before she died. The NCAA agreed to let her team, Mount St. Joseph University in Delhi Township, 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.

She ended up playing in four games and made five layups.

Before her death April 10, Hill raised more than $1.5 million for cancer research through The Cure Starts Now.