JCI USA has been recognizing and honoring ten Americans each year who exemplify the best attributes of the nation’s young people, through their Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) program.
We are proud to announce and congratulate WNBA Player Ruth Riley as one of the recent TOYA honorees. Riley, a resident of Miami Beach, has served as a spokesperson for Nothing But Nets to promote the eradication of malaria. On her website Riley states: “As an athlete, I embrace the fact that I am a role model for today’s youth. Whether it is stressing the importance of education and encouraging a love for reading, teaching about nutrition and how to live a healthy lifestyle, or working on a local and global level to help eradicate malaria, I am constantly trying to use the platform basketball has given me to positively influence as many lives as possible.”
The first TOYA program was held in 1939, honoring the “Class of 1938”. The 76th Annual Ten Outstanding Young Americans banquet and ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.