Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The news of Lauren Hill's amazing courage battling brain cancer through the game of basketball has spread into international media. Most people have heard of the story by now-if you haven't, just google the small division three school "Mount St. Joseph" and scroll around. You'll find the story in less than one minute. Lauren Hill is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, and even though she has one month to live, her dream is quite simple. She wanted to play in a collegiate basketball game, and she did just that. Hill played at XU's Cintas Center in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,250 people. She scored the first and last basket. Most news stories only regard Hill's perspective of the story, as they should, but keep her coach, Dan Benjamin, remotely under the radar. Benjamin is a family man, coaching women's basketball at a college smaller than Mason. He was thrust into the spectrum of international media, and had to keep his team composed through the unexpected international media coverage. I am writing a story about Benjamin's perspective of Lauren's story and how it has impacted the team he has coached for the last three years. Pick up a copy of The Chronicle coming out December 12, flip to the sports section, and change the camera view on all of those news stories. You won't be disappointed.