Lauren Hill's Parents Accept 'Best Moment' ESPY Award on Daughter's Behalf

Lauren died in April from an inoperable brain tumor.

ByABC News
July 15, 2015, 9:44 PM

— -- Lauren Hill's parents accepted the Best Moment award on their daughter's behalf at tonight's ESPYs, just three months after the teen basketball player died from a brain tumor.

"We are so thankful to everyone who helped make Lauren's moment possible," Lauren's mother, Lisa Hill, said.

Lisa Hill said the season was about more than basketball -- it was about life lessons and living in the moment, and now she wants to carry on Lauren's mission.

Lisa Hill left the ESPY audience with an important message: "It is possible to achieve your dreams."

Lauren Hill beat the odds by playing college basketball in the fall, despite her inoperable brain tumor. She died in April at the age of 19.

Hill had been recruited to play on the Mount St. Joseph University basketball team in Cincinnati, but shortly after committing to play for them in 2013, she learned she had an inoperable brain tumor called a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

Although playing a college game seemed impossible, she practiced with the team anyway.

"She's taught me, don't ever give up," Dan Benjamin, Mount St. Joseph's girls' basketball coach, told ABC News before Hill's first NCAA game Nov. 2, which the association moved up two weeks so Hill was healthy enough to play. "There's no reason to not roll out of bed with a smile on our face like she does."