Caitlin Geary | Apr. 1, 2014 | Notre Dame News
Ruth Riley, a 2001 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and star player of the ’01 Irish women’s basketball national championship team, returns to Notre Dame on April 15 (Tuesday) to deliver the talk “From Professional Athlete to Humanitarian: How I Became Involved in the Fight Against Poverty and Disease.”
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Eck Visitor Center Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus. It is one of a series of Discussions on Development hosted by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.
Riley’s visit is just days before World Malaria Day, which falls on April 25. Riley is active in Nothing But Nets, the U.N. Foundation’s anti-malaria initiative. This grassroots campaign raises both awareness about the malaria crisis in Africa and funding to purchase protective nets. Each net costs only $10. Nothing But Nets works through U.N. Partners and other local and international organizations to distribute the nets. Since its inception in 2006, the campaign has distributed almost 24,000 nets.