"Make no mistake, what Caitlyn did was courageous," ET's Kevin Frazier said. "But Lauren's journey was not about glamour or publicity. It was just a girl who never gave up her dream of playing college basketball while she was dying of cancer, and along the way she raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancer. That is why I feel that she is deserving of the award."
Hill, who was a freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, passed away on April 10, after a long battle with brain cancer.
ET's Nischelle Turner was quick to point out that the decision was entirely up to ESPN and that Caitlyn had no say in the matter.
"The thing that kind of bothers me is that I think that there's a lot of people out there that are kind of putting their hate for this towards Caitlyn," Nischelle said. "That's [on] ESPN. It's on them to do that."