WNBA legend Ruth Riley looking to leave positive impact on Filipino kids

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(CNN Philippines) — Retired female professional basketball player Ruth Riley is in Manila, alongside Philadelphia 76er Nerlens Noel, to help out with the 2015 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA training camps.

With her experience and passion, Riley, a two-time champion in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), hopes to play a positive role in encouraging the Filipino youth to become active in the sport during her visit.

"As a basketball player, you look out into the stands, and you realize the impact that you're having. Especially to the youth, who watch every move that you make," said Riley.

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But giving back to the community is nothing new for Riley.

The former WNBA Finals MVP has always been active in local and global humanitarian efforts, working with the United Nation Foundation's Nothing but Nets program against Malaria, the No Kid Hungry Campaign in America, the Triad trust against AIDS in Africa, and in her own NGO called Inspire Transformation.

"My philosophy is really driven by my faith and just sharing love with other people and helping them as much as possible," said Riley.

Her humanitarian efforts have even earned her a JCI Ten Outstanding People of the World award in 2014.

Not everyone can be as naturally gifted in height or have the ability in basketball that Riley has, but she knows that this trip will allow her to uplift young children through the sport of basketball.

"Although they're not going to live my path, if they can be encouraged to believe in themselves and set goals for themselves, to go down their own path and to seek their own journey then I would be extremely happy when I leave here," said Riley.

"It's not just been about me as an athlete, it's what I can I do beyond the sport itself and how can I impact lives in a more meaningful way."