Richey was an outstanding lacrosse and field hockey player, as well as an extensive contributor of the promotion and participation of women in sports. A graduate of Radcliff College, where she played field hockey and lacrosse, Betty was a U.S. team player for both lacrosse and field hockey for 22 consecutive years, from the U.S. Team's inception in 1933 to 1954. She was a U.S. reserve team player in 1955, 1956 and 1959. She was a national lacrosse umpire in 1948, 1949 and 1950. She played club lacrosse for the West Chester Lacrosse Association and the Boston Lacrosse Association.
Betty served as the president of the United States Women's Lacrosse Association from 1946-49, and again from 1955-58. She was the USWLA treasurer from 1938-41, and served on many USWLA committees, including rules, U.S. Team nominating, U.S. Team selection, finance and honorary membership. She is an honorary member of the USWLA. Betty taught physical education at Vassar College for 30 years. She was inducted to the United States Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 1988.
Betty passed away in 1988.