Penn State York will honor the memory of former student Maddie Hill at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
A ceremony will be held between that evening’s women’s and men’s basketball games and will take place at the newly renovated campus’ gym in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.
In addition, as a permanent tribute, a plaque honoring Hill will be placed in the Student Government Association offices also located in the community center.
Hill died this past summer at age 19 after a long battle with cancer.
Basketball players, as well as many others attending the games, will wear #FightLikeHill T-shirts at the event to show their support. Penn State York Benefiting THON will sell drinks and snacks that night, with proceeds going to support THON and children battling pediatric cancer.
The hope is that the event honoring Hill will become an annual event.
Hill was a Penn State York student majoring in human development and family studies, a Penn State York Benefiting THON member, a Four Diamonds Child and Blue & White Society member.
“Maddie was so special in so many ways. She had a wonderful sense of humor and could always see the bright side of any situation,” said Cora Dzubak, director of the Nittany Success Center at Penn State York, in a news release. “It seems like everyone felt better after just being in her presence. She was one of the most outwardly directed young people I had ever met. She had the genuine ability to focus on the other person. It was always about the other person, never herself. “
The Penn State York women’s team will take on Penn State Lehigh Valley at 6 p.m., with the men’s game scheduled to tip at 8 p.m.
A 2015 graduate of Dover High School, Hill was a soccer player and athlete for the Eagles.