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Ruth Riley to speak on humanitarianism

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Ruth Riley will speak at the University of Notre Dame about her experiences in professional basketball and humanitarian efforts.
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Ruth Riley will speak at the University of Notre Dame about her experiences in professional basketball and humanitarian efforts.
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This Tuesday, April 15, 2014, University of Notre Dame graduate Ruth Riley ('01) will return to her alma mater to speak about how she manages to be involved in both professional women's basketball and humanitarian efforts. The presentation is titled, "From Professional Athlete to Humanitarian: How I Became Involved in the Fight Against Poverty and Disease."

In 2001, her senior year, Riley was the star of the Irish women's basketball national championship team. Since then, she has played for the Miami Sol, Detroit Shock, San Antonio Silver Stars and Chicago Sky. In 2004, she won the gold medal in the Athens Summer Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. women's basketball team. She currently plays for the Atlanta Dream.

Riley's humanitarian efforts are focused on the U.N. Foundation's anti-malaria initiative, Nothing But Nets, which began in 2006. This grassroots campaign raises money to purchase $10 protective nets and works to raise awareness about the malaria crisis in Africa. The campaign has distributed about 24,000 nets. Riley also supports No Kid Hungry and Inspire Transformation, which address healthy youth development.

Riley's talk is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7:00 pm in the Eck Visitor Center Auditorium. The presentation is part of the series Discussions on Development hosted by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, which is part of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The Institute promotes the interdisciplinary study of international human development with a combination of research, teaching and community engagement.

This story was originally reported by Cailean Geary on Notre Dame News.