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Detroit Shock Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Ruth Riley Host Youth Clinic with Shock guard Niele Ivey and Shock Head Athletic Trainer Laura Ramus; Part of WNBA Be Smart, Be Fit, Be Yourself Initiative
Shock’s Riley and Ivey Hold Clinic at North Oakland Family YMCA

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Detroit Shock star center and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Ruth Riley hosted a clinic with newly acquired Shock guard Niele Ivey and Shock Head Athletic Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach Laura Ramus Saturday, April 30 from 1-2 p.m. at the North Oakland Family YMCA in Auburn Hills. The clinic was part of the WNBA Be Smart, Be Fit, Be Yourself initiative aimed at encouraging teens and women of all ages to learn more about their bodies and the importance of physical fitness.

The 60-minute program was divided into two sections, a 10-minute introductory talk with Riley and Ivey, designed to educate participants about the risks and dangers of obesity and inactivity and help answer questions about healthy nutritional and lifestyle choices, followed by a 45-minute speed, agility and quickness session with Ramus, focused on how to become a faster athlete. Participants included pre-teen girls and boys, and teenagers from around the metro-Detroit area.

“Niele and I really love talking face-to-face with the participants and sharing tips on how to make health-conscious decisions in everyday life,” said Riley, 2003 WNBA Finals MVP. “Laura does a phenomenal job demonstrating ways that people can start getting fit through small changes in their everyday lives and pours her heart and soul into teaching people how to become better athletes. Her program was very beneficial for everyone involved.”

Ramus, a graduate of Wayne State University, has held posts as the athletic trainer for the baseball, track & field and gymnastic competitions at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and worked with the U.S.’s Paralympic team at the 1994 World Swimming Championships in Malta, Italy. In addition to working as a Clinical Specialist, Staff Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer, she has written and produced educational videos and presented many symposia on sports medicine. Her website, www.girlscanjump.com, focuses on helping young women prevent knee injuries and ACL tears while optimizing performance through specific strength and conditioning exercises. Ramus also currently serves as regional director for Michigan Hand and Sport.

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