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Stronger Elena Delle Donne wants more success

Sky’s second-year star has built up in the offseason to build on her WNBA rookie of year season. Elena Delle Donne had a remarkable first year while leading the Sky to a first-ever WNBA playoff appearance.

But the rookie of the year says she wants to become better and stronger. The 6-foot-5 forward, who averaged 18.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, passed up playing overseas during the WNBA offseason to build up her stamina and muscle mass while training four days a week in Chicago.

“Strength … that was an adjustment I wasn’t able to make until the offseason,” Delle Donne said Tuesday in Chicago. “I knew I was going to just have to get through and get by with the versatility of my game. Once we were eliminated (by Indiana), I asked our strength coach (Ann Crosby): ‘When can I start lifting?’ She just said: ‘Calm down. We need to relax first. Relax your body, but we’ll get to it.'”

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Elena Delle Donne to be Honored at Lyme Research Alliance Gala on April 5

Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) February 26, 2014 — Lyme Research Alliance (LRA) today announced it will honor Elena Delle Donne—the reigning Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Rookie of the Year—with its Star Light Award at LRA’s “Time for Lyme” Gala, on April 5, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT.

“We are excited that Elena—one of the most talked-about women’s basketball players in the country—will be joining us at the Gala to receive this award,” said Ally Hilfiger, Event Chair. “More than 300,000 people are diagnosed every year with Lyme. By sharing her story and lending her name to LRA’s campaign to fund a cure, Elena will be helping to educate countless Americans about the devastating impact of this disease, including the financial hardships that come with the battle.”

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Elena Delle Donne, Chip Kelly to appear at Blue-Gold hoops games

Appearances by women’s basketball star Elena Delle Donne and Eagles coach Chip Kelly will highlight the 15th annual Blue-Gold all-star high school basketball games on March 15 at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The games are organized by and benefit Best Buddies Delaware, which helps provide friendship and job opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The games showcase the top senior players in Delaware.

The week will kick off with practices for the Blue boys and girls teams at Sanford School and the Gold boys and girls teams at Wesley College at 6 p.m. March 11. All of the teams will be in Dover on March 12 to attend a Superior Court presentation led by judge Robert Young, have lunch with Attorney General Beau Biden and meet with state legislators and Gov. Jack Markell.

 

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Chicago Sky, Delle Donne to play WNBA preseason game at UD

The Chicago Sky will host the first-ever WNBA preseason game in the state of Delaware on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. The Sky will take on the Washington Mystics at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware, the alma mater of the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne.

Delle Donne began her esteemed career at UD in 2009 and became one of the most successful athletes in the University’s history.

She was awarded the Senior CLASS Award and Honda Award in 2013, and was a first team All-American and National Player of the Year candidate in her junior and senior seasons.

 

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Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky to play preseason WNBA game at Bob Carpenter Center

Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky will play a preseason basketball game May 13 at the Bob Carpenter Center, officials announced Tuesday.

The Sky will take on the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. Delle Donne, a star at Ursuline Academy and the University of Delaware, is the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year. She helped the Sky earn its first franchise playoff berth.

Continue Reading…(Delaware Online)

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Elena Delle Donne adjusting to her role as the face of the WNBA

During her award-winning rookie season, it became clear early that Elena Delle Donne would rather talk about her teammates than herself.

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Tamika Catchings, Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner inspire communities

The WNBA grabbed plenty of headlines this offseason. But aside from ownership changes and overseas player updates, there has been some big news regarding community outreach with some of the players.

Earlier this month Elena Delle Donne, the WNBA Rookie of the Year, was named a global Special Olympics ambassador. The organization has long been a passion for Delle Donne. Her older sister Lizzie is autistic and has cerebral palsy, unable to see or hear.

“I’ve always loved working with Special Olympics and being able to get on the court and see young people with and without intellectual disabilities passing the ball and playing together,” Delle Donne said in a news release.

 

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Q&A: Quick WNBA playoff exit driving Elena Delle Donne

Elena Delle Donne, the reigning WNBA rookie of the year and former Ursuline Academy and University of Delaware star, will return home to partner with the Delaware 87ers, the 76ers’ NBA Development League affiliate, for a Lyme disease awareness night during Monday’s 7 p.m. game against the Maine Red Claws. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.

Q: So many people in Delaware look up to you. How do you feel about returning to the Bob Carpenter Center, and representing the state?

A: It’s always great to come back to the Bob. If I can do any event and have it be at the Bob, it’s always exciting for me. The fans have always been incredible and I hope they come out to support the 87ers and also this function. I really hope they come out. The Bob has always been rocking, ever since I’ve known it, even in high school. I’m really glad the event is there. … Being born and raised in Delaware has just been awesome. I’ll always be a Delawarean at heart, no matter where my life takes me.

 

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Elena Delle Donne Special Olympics Global Ambassador Media Links

Elena recently became a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. Continue reading after the jump for several stories on the announcement from around the news world.

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Special honor for Elena Delle Donne

Elena Delle Donne already had been named an NCAA All-American, a WNBA rookie of the year and a WNBA All-Star. On Friday, she was named a Special Olympics global ambassador.

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