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Ruth Riley

WNBA Player



1.) What advice do you have for an aspiring basketball player?

My advice to an aspiring basketball player would be first to believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who not only believe in you but who can also help you achieve your goals.  Find a great coach, parent, mentor or someone who can give you knowledge of the skills you will need and who can also help guide you in the right direction.  The second thing I would say is you have to really think about what kind of player you want to become, the more successful you want to be, the more work and sacrifices you will have to invest into getting there!


2.) What is your career highlight so far? 

The highlights of my career would include winning the National Championship my senior year at Notre Dame, winning 2 WNBA Championships in Detroit, and the most memorable would be winning a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens!!


3.) Who were your heroes growing up?

My hero growing up was my mom!

4.) If you were not a basketball player what would you be?

I am very passionate about the humanitarian work that I do, so if I was not a basketball player, I am sure I would be working as more than a spokesperson for the UN Foundation or some other Foundation.

5.) What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school was math and creative writing.

6.) What do you like to do in your free time?

I love everything about sports, so in my free time I will be watching a game on TV or playing beach volleyball, swimming, or learning something new like golf!  Other than sports, I love to cook, read, travel and hang out with family and friends!