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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.
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
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
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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
                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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