Athlete Spotlight: Elena Delle Donne, Hoops Maestro
Name: Elena Delle Donne
Height: 6’5’’ Weight: 187 lbs.
Date Of Birth: September 5, 1989
Accomplishments: Special Olympics Global Ambassador, high school national record for free throws, number-one overall high school recruit, 3 Delaware State Championship
Elena Delle Donne, an American professional basketball player, got national recognition as a high school basketball player in Wilmington, Delaware at Ursuline Academy. Scout.com ranked her the number-one overall high school recruit. The basketball player led Ursuline to three consecutive Delaware State Championship titles.
Her parents are Ernie and Joanie. Ernie is a real estate developer. Gene, Delle Donne’s older brother, played college football first at Duke then at Middle Tennessee. Gene returned to Delaware in 2009 to work in his father’s real estate business. Delle Donne’s older sister, Elizabeth, has cerebral palsy and is deaf, blind, and autistic. Most WNBA players use the offseason to play for other leagues across the world but Delle Donne uses the time to care for her older sister.
Delle Donne made her engagement to long-time girlfriend Amanda Clifton public in August 2016. The engagement was declared in August edition of Vogue.
Achievements and Losses:
The star basketball player was named a Special Olympics Global Ambassador in February 2014. In addition to this, Delle Donne played alongside NBA legends, current NBA and WNBA players, and Special Olympics athletes in the 3rd annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game.
The American basketball player is planning to create The Elena Delle Donne Charitable Foundation that will combine initiatives for Lyme disease awareness and the Special Olympics. During her high-school career, Delle-Donne scored 2,000+ points and became the first and only student at Ursuline University to do so. Additionally, she set the high school national record for consecutive free throws made in 2005 to 2006. The basketball player was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2007 WBCA High School All-America Game and scored 17 points. The basketball player was given the MVP honors for the Red team. The Chicago Sky selected Delle Donne in the 2013 WNBA Draft and the team went 14–20 in the 2012 season. Delle Donne was invited to the event as well. The rising star played in two NBA All-Star Celebrity Games: 2016 and 2014.
In 2014, Delle Donne was considered for the United States team, which would play the 2014 World Championship, but she wasn’t selected due to her back injury. The basketball player was named to the 2016 US team on April 27, 2016.
Delle Donne played volleyball as well. In 2007, the star player won the DIAA state championship of volleyball with Ursuline. During a game involving number one and two teams in the state, she posted a season high 20 kills against Padua. She has several endorsement deals, including Nike, and Gatorade.
Delle Donne makes about $250,000 per year via her endorsements, according to reports. The basketball player is great both on and off the court. She is a rising star who has made a great comeback after her back injury.