officer would occur in an open J NCAA Woman of the Year honored Mary Beth Riley of Canistus Col- Riley, a summa cum laude gradu- IK~K, who SUCCKSS~UII~battled Hodg- ate of Canisius who majorrd in kin’ disease while continuing to s English and Spanish, was one of IO compctr in cross country and track finalists for the award, which was and KX~KI m the classroom, received prssented during a dinner at the the first NCAA Woman of the Year Rite-Carlton Hotel in Chicago. Award October 30 in Chicago. ESPN anchor Robin Robrrts was Presentation of the award capped master of ceremonies for the dinner, the inaugural year of a program which featured a keynote address created to attract greater recognition l‘ hy recent NCAA ‘ hcodorc Roose- nationwide for outstanding women velt Award recipient Althra Gibson, studenttathletcs. a Florida A&M University graduate who brcamr a Wimbledon singles The award is presented by Hanes and doubles tennis champion during Her Way, a division of Sara LAX the 1950s. s Corporation, the Association’ offi- NCAA Prcsidcnt Judith M. cial corporate partner for women’ s Sweet presented the award to Riley, athletics programs. Hancs Her Way who was joined at the dinner by will donate $10,000 to the women’ s nine other award finalists and othrr athletics program at Canisius, in statr winners. All of the finalists addition to $5,000 awarded earlier were saluted in remarks by Paul to the school for Riley’ selection as s Fulton, president of the Sara Ler Mary Beth Riley (left) of Canisius College reacts to Association s New York’ NCAA Woman of the Corporation, and NCAA Executive President Judith M. Sweet’spmsentation of the first NCAA Woman Year. See NCAA Woman. pa@’ I5 of the Year Award THE NCAA NEWS/November 4,199l 15 NCAA Woman Conrinur~dJrom page I athlete at Centre College: Rebecca Director Richard 11. Schultz. E. Little, a swimmer at Kenyon Also speaking at the event was Collcgc; .Joy Sclig, a gymnast at John Bryan, Sara Lee chairman Oregon State (Jnivcrsity; Kelly and chief executive officer. Marsh, a cross country and track The award’ prcsentatlon caps a s athlete at Bucknell University; Patty year in which many NCAA member Wicgand. a cross country and track instilutmns selected campus women athlete at the Ilniversity of Tennes- of the year in athletics. Those see, Knoxville; Brenda Alcorn, a winners became nominee5 tor state basketball player and track athlete and national recognition. at the University of Utah, and Laura The N<‘ AA Woman of the Year Wilson, a skier at the University of Award program is an integral part Vermont. of Sara 1.0~‘ three-year commit- ~ Sclig, Wicgand and Wilson have mcnt as an NCAA corporate won NCAA titles in their sports, partner to irnprovc recognition and and Littlc was a member of four increase opportunities for female Division 111championship teams at student-athlete\. Kenyon. As part of that effort, Hanes Her As recipient of the tirst N<‘ AA Way awarded $5.000 to each of the Woman of the Year Award, Riley schools represented by 52 state- was rccogni7cd for her activities as a level award winncI~s. including stu- volunteer with Amnesty Interna- dent-athlctcs rcprcscnting the Dis- tional; a lounder of ARRUPF trict ot Columbia and Puerto Rico House. a Christian service organi- (see September 9 issue of The Lation; participation in campus min- NCAA News). In addition, the com- istry activities, and her work with ESPN SportsCenter anchor/reporter Robin Roberls sewed as master of ceremonies for the dinner pany awarded $3,000 more to the the South Buffalo Community Tahlc where the first NCAA Woman of the Year Award was presented to Mary Beth Riley of Canisius mstltutlons 01 the nmc tinahsts ho- Soup Kitchen and an “adopt-a- College nored with Riley. grandparent” program. The other finalists were Kristine Riley, who graduated with a 3.800 scntcd in recognition ot her success- began feeling ill and eventually school and competed in track. By Campbell, a fcnccr at Yale Univcr- grade-point average (4.000 scale), ful fight against cancer. learned that she suffered from Hodg- early 1990, the cancer was in corn- laorrnina, a swimmer at sity; Sheila ‘ also is a rccipicnt of the Fastern s kin’ discasc, a form of lymphatic pletc remission, and Riley went i)n the University of Georgia; Marcia College Athletic Cnnferencc’s Iluring the 19XX cross country cancer. Evrn through nine weeks of to set a school track record at X00 Whitney Mount, a cross country Award of Valor, which was pre- season. the thcn~l9~ycar~old Riley chemotherapy. Riley stayed in meters during her senior season. Canisius honoree keeps desire, even through cancer fight By Carrie M uskat then return to classes and practice community residence that allows IJnitrd Press Intcrnatlonal 1992 award forms coming each Monday. ‘lhe chemo affected her lungs,” members to live out their Christian faith through active service to others .I-he day after Christmas of her York-Rappl said. “It reduced her while educating the collcgc cornmu- Application materials for the bc considered for national recog- cardiovascular abilities by SO per- nity about social justice in the world. sophomore year, Mary Hcth Riley 1992 NCAA Woman of the Year nition by a selection panel of cent. She would hyperventilate after was diagnosed with Hodgkin’ dis-s During her junior and senior Award wilt be mailed to member prominent figures in athletics 200 yards. ease. years, she served as a tutor for institutions in January. and other fields. The panel will “At one point, it was hard to keep A founding member of Canisius Amnesty International. And she select IO finalists and the NCAA sending her out there. Rut she College’ track and cross country s did go to Spain to teach Fnglish Once again, member institu- Woman of the Year on the basis wanted to do it.” teams and the MVP her freshman and sports to grade schoolers. tions will nominate women stu- of exccllcncc in athletics, acade- If anything, s Riley’ prcscncc year, Riley was understandably dis- mics and dedication to cornmu- Although she never regained her dent-athletes for state-lcvcl helped drive the rest of her team- traught. Not to mention threatening top form, Riley did move up to awards. Those winners then will nity service. mates. her life, the disease would disrupt her running and would hinder a six- I_ “Who could complain when she third on Canisius’ cross country was out there’ York-Rappl said. ?” team her senior year and competed week trip that summer to Spain, ear, YN Riley rallied her senior year, institutions each year of the pro- “She was the spirit and the leading for three straight scmcstcrs in the where she was to teach first-grade h elping Canisius win the Metro gram. . .. . .. ., MAAC cross country champion- lorce hehInd cverytntng. YOLI never English. Atlantic Athletic Conference cham- Keynote speaker Althea Ciibson, ships. She also holds school records “She was devastated,“ Riley’ s pionship. two-time Wimbledon singles and say ‘ never’ to Mary Beth Riley.” One doctor, whom Riley said had in outdoor and indoor track. mother, Mary, said of her daughter. On October 30, Riley was ho- doubles champion, called the award A Christmas party with her team- nored once again. Now 22 years old “an important step for all of us no understanding of the amount of Riley has been in complete remis- mates the day after receiving the and a summa cum laude graduate overlooked female athletes.” training required for cross country, SiOn for 2% years and cdd tKll YOU bad news was out of the question. with a double major as well as Riley has simply overlooked all told her it was all right to keep up to the exact date if pressed. She Rut Riley’ coach, Joanne York- s MAAC all-academic honors in cross the ohstaclcs. running about one mile a day At now works in Fort Worth, Texas. Rappl, picked up the scared sopho- country and track, Riley was pres- Doctors never discouraged her that point, Riley was running 4.5 for Volunteers Education Social more and forced her to go. ented the first NCAA Woman of from running, yet York-Rappl raid miles a week. Services, helping children. Her pay “It was so hard to fact those the Year award in ceremonies at the there were times during her junior “I ~LICSS I kept going because I 100 is %: a month. people,” Riley said. “Hut I found 1 Ritr~Carlton Hotel in Chicago. when she thought it might he t didn’ know what else to do with my yKar And she still runs, although Riley had a lot of friends in the true SKnSe The award, sponsored by Hancs best to quit. lift,” she said. “I knew as long as i s said she’ down to 40 mile5 a week. of the word.” Her Way, a division of Sara Lee One of the top two runners in could get up in the morning and She also discovered she still had Corporation, recognizes excellence Canisius’ program, Riley dropped run, d I’ be OK.” s “It’ a rclcasc, too,” she said. “It the desire to compctc. Although in athletics, academics and dedica- to 12th her junior year. She would This kid has stamina. Not only gets me through the day.” months ot chemotherapy treatments tion to community service. Sara LKK undergo chemotherapy over the did she compete, Riley also founded r r)oesn’ sound as if she needs upset her performances her junior will distribute $115,000 to NCAA weekend, becoming violently 111, and ran the ARKUPE House, a much motivation.