An amazing story of a dying girl's wish and some incredible sportsmanship

You might have heard about "the Ohio miracle," when freshman Lauren Hill got her dying wish to play in a college basketball game. But did you know that her fairy godmothers were a bunch of young ladies she didn't know?

Sometimes life is ugly and unfair.

Lauren Hill was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. She was about to start college.

Her dream was to play in a college game.

She felt like a superhero when she put on that jersey.


As the Mount St. Joseph University freshman practiced with the team leading up to the game, her condition got worse.

Her coach worried that she wouldn't be well enough to travel from Cincinnati to Hiram College (near Cleveland) for their first game — let alone play.

Hiram College's Lady Terriers offered to switch the game location.

They ceded their home court advantage to play in a sold-out stadium full of Lauren's supporters. They also moved the game up two weeks.

The Mount St. Joseph team treated the Hiram players to dinner the night before the game and got to know them. When the tipoff came, everyone was rooting for Lauren.

Even after "the shot heard round the world," the spirit of camaraderie and support continued.

Even their coach was impressed with their genuine caring and the kindness on the court that day.

Lauren is a brave and dedicated young woman. But she couldn't get her wish on her own. It took a dozen or so young women who should have been her rivals to grant it.

And that's what college sports should be about.

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