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Social Stream: Elena Delle Donne Arrives In Washington

Courtesy of WNBA:

For the first time in three seasons the Washington Mystics failed to play postseason ball in 2016. But, before even stepping foot on the hardwood in 2017 the team already appears poised to make sure that drought will be short-lived.

The Mystics added 2015 WNBA MVP, three-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist, Elena Delle Donne from Chicago in late January. In addition to bringing a long list of accolades, EDD is widely regarded as one of the league’s preeminent scorers and will immediately make the Mystics an offensive juggernaut.

The 27-year-old arrived in the Nation’s capital on Friday to officially be introduced as the newest Mystic. Follow her day here:

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Original Source: http://www.wnba.com/news/social-stream-elena-delle-donne-arrives-washington/

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1-on-1 with Elena Delle Donne

Courtesy of WJLA:

The Washington Mystics introduced D.C.’s newest sports superstar Friday.

Elena Delle Donne met with the media about a week after the team pulled off a block-buster deal to bring the 2015 WNBA MVP to Washington.

The acquisition immediately vaults the Mystics to challengers for the WNBA title – an achievement the franchis has yet to accomplish.

ABC7’s Scott Abraham sat down with Delle Donne for an extended interview covering her trade to Washington, her battle with Lyme disease and moving closer to her family.

Original Source: http://wjla.com/sports/content/1-on-1-with-elena-delle-donne

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Elena Delle Donne “always had her eyes on D.C.,” suggests that the WNBA should lower the rims

Courtesy of Bullets Forever:

It looks like Delle Donne wanted to be a Mystics player from Day One.

Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne gave two interviews to CSN Mid Atlantic’s Chris Miller in regard to the trade that sent her to D.C. In the video above, there are the two main takeaways from it:

  • Delle Donne said that she “always had her eyes on D.C.” since she began her professional career. In addition, Delle Donne felt like it was Christmas morning when she knew that she’d be in Monumental Red this summer.
  • She was humbled by John Wall’s and Bradley Beal’s excitement over her arrival. In fact, she said this multiple times in this video. Let’s show that Monumental-ly powerful photo once again!

 

Delle Donne was in attendance for the Wizards vs. Pacers game last night with Tayler Hill, who signed a contract extension as well.

During the game, Miller had a chance to speak with Delle Donne again during the second quarter. Once again, Delle Donne talked about being “humbled” by Wall’s and Beal’s welcome. But that’s not the biggest takeaway from it.

At the 1:10 mark, Miller asked Delle Donne what she would do if she were commissioner for a day. Her response was that the WNBA should consider lowering the rims to about 9 feet so there could be more above-the-rim play in the league.

For those of you who aren’t the biggest WNBA fans out there, Delle Donne mentioned that she got some slack over the suggestion. It stemmed from a mailbag Q&A she gave on The Players’ Tribune in February 2016. Delle Donne believes that the best way to see if lower rims work is by getting some players together, play competitively, and see how it is. And other sports, like volleyball, for example, have different net heights in the women’s vs. the men’s game. UConn and USA Basketball women’s national team head coach Geno Auriemma also agreed.

Some other players disagree, most notably, Phoenix Mercury point guard Diana Taurasi, who said,”Might as well put us in skirts and back in the kitchen.” ESPN’s Kate Fagan, who spoke to Taurasi on that topic, also agreed that lowering the rims would not be the best thing to do in basketball. First, there’s the challenge of finding different hoops for women and girls to play on. And second, dunking isn’t the be-all, end-all of basketball skills. Fagan mentioned Warriors point guard Stephen Curry who is lauded for his perimeter playmaking skills as opposed to his dunking ability.

I’ll finish this with a question. Do you think that women’s basketball should have lower hoops? To me, I don’t think it makes sense, mostly because of the logistics and the fact that women who play right now have to adjust the way they shoot. But there are notable women’s basketball figures like Delle Donne and Auriemma who think the idea has merit. Let us know in the comments below.

Original Source: http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/2/11/14588760/elena-delle-donne-interview-washington-dc-lower-rims-2017

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Forbes’ Under 30 list includes Patrick Kane, others with Chicago ties

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune:

Patrick Kane and Elena Delle Donne have been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of innovators and entrepreneurs in the sports category, one of 20 selected by the business magazine for its annual ranking.

Forbes noted Kane’s three Stanley Cup trophies and various awards the Blackhawks winger has collected as well as endorsements deals with Bauer and Chevrolet. The magazine noted Delle Donne’s Rio gold medal and 2015 MVP title as a member of the Sky.

Other athletes with current and former Illinois connections were selected to the list, including Chris Sale, who the White Sox recently traded to Boston; former Bear and current Patriot Martellus Bennett, and Paralympic medalist and University of Illinois alum Tatyana McFadden.

 

Original Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chicagoinc/ct-forbes-under-30-list–patrick-kane-20170104-story.html

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Elena Delle Donne works to inspire seriously ill students

Courtesy of Delaware Online:

Persistent health conditions shouldn’t keep someone from achieving goals, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne told students at Wilmington Hospital’s First State School, a program for chronically ill children.

The Ursuline Academy and University of Delaware grad and Olympic gold medalist told students how suffering from Lyme disease, which can cause long-term joint, heart and central nervous system problems, didn’t keep her from pursuing her dreams. The key, she said, was to set goals and surround yourself with great people.

“There might be days that you don’t feel so hot,” Delle Donne told nearly 20 students Wednesday morning. “Tell someone. It helps to have someone there to support you and guide you. Just be honest and open with them about what you are feeling or what you may be nervous about or upset about that day.

“They can help you get through those toughest times, because we know we can’t get through them alone.”

Located in Wilmington Hospital, the First State School gives children and adolescents who would otherwise be homebound with serious chronic illnesses the chance to attend school with their peers while they receive medical treatment. The school offers kindergarten through high school education to children with diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, severe asthma, cancer and other illnesses that preclude regular school attendance.

The 31-year-old program, the first such school and one of only three in the country, is a collaborative effort by Christiana Care and the Red Clay Consolidated School District. The school has a camp that encourages students to adopt healthy lifestyles, another reason Delle Donne was there.

“Bringing Elena in today to help with some of our activities … really shows the students that they can overcome their chronic illness and work on physical activities, maybe in a modified version of what the typical student may do,” said Elizabeth Houser, the school program director. “But that there is still the ability despite their chronic illness to be able to participate in health and wellness.”

The visit touched 17-year-old Telyka Brooker-Parquet.

“I have asthma so it’s really hard for me to do any sports, and I’m really scared so I just give up,” Brooker-Parquet said. “But [Delle Donne] didn’t give up. She said anybody can do it, and I guess I can do it, too.”

Brooker-Parquet, who has been in the school for four years, suffers from chronic asthma and severe allergies that cause her to go into shock if she smells anything she’s allergic to. The teen said Delle Donne’s visit allowed her to see there are others like her, including people who have family members with disabilities.

Like Delle Donne’s sister Lizzie, who is deaf, blind and has intellectual disabilities, Brooker-Parquet said her brother is also disabled.

“This was especially important to me,” Brooker-Parquet said. “I’m a sick child that has a brother with autism, and I’m scared of almost everything, to see her and how she can do everything she wants to do … Why can’t I?”

Delle Donne, a Delaware native who serves as a Christiana Care spokeswoman, is no stranger to providing young children help. This summer, she turned the U.S womens basketball team’s gold medal win in Brazil into a win for babies born on that same day by gifting newborns at Christiana Hospital miniature green, fuzzy Nike Waffle 1 sneaks.

Nike and Delle Donne, Delaware’s first Summer Olympic gold medalist in 16 years, had promised to donate the kicks if her team took the gold.

 

Original Source: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/12/07/elena-delle-donne-visit-seriously-ill-students/95051100/

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Delle Donne, Ambassador for Special Olympics

Via ESPN

Standing 7-feet tall and weighing 280 pounds, Andre Drummond is one of the most physically imposing big men in the NBA.

Put him in a gym with 400 Special Olympics athletes, and the Detroit PistonsAll-Star center turns into a little kid again.

Drummond, 23, was named as the newest Special Olympics ambassador on Thursday, and he celebrated his new role by hosting a pep rally and basketball clinic in Detroit.

“It’s a feeling you don’t forget. It’s a genuine look and genuine excitement,” Drummond said with a chuckle in a telephone interview. “They don’t see me as just a basketball player, they see me for who I am and the amount of time and effort I put into being a supporter of the movement.”

Drummond was first introduced to Special Olympics as a rookie when he attended an NBA Cares event. From that moment on, he was determined to be as involved as he could in promoting the cause and working with the athletes all over the world.

“Just seeing how much they love the game and the excitement they had just drew me to them,” Drummond said. “Year after year I continued to do it, and I tried to be more involved, and now it’s kind of like that next level being an international ambassador.”

Drummond joins other high-profile ambassadors such as Michael Phelps,Damian Lillard, Yao Ming and WNBA star Elena Delle Donne.

“Andre has experienced firsthand how sports can build fitness, confidence and skills among Special Olympics athletes and how playing unified and being unified can break down barriers and help build respect and inclusion in every neighboring school and community across the nation,” Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis said.

Unified programs work to pair students with and without intellectual disabilities for education and sports.

As much as Drummond enjoys playing basketball with those he met on Thursday, he said the real experience comes in the conversations and interactions away from the court.

“Anybody can shoot and throw the ball around,” he said. “But when you get the time to really speak to them and hear their stories and see the kinds of personalities they have, it’s something you can’t really describe. You have to be there for the moment.”

Original Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17966083/andre-drummond-detroit-pistons-named-ambassador-special-olympics

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Elena Delle Donne’s woodworking skills are almost as impressive as her game on the court

Courtesy of ESPNW:

In “some people have all the talent” news, prepare to feel really unaccomplished, thanks to Elena Delle Donne’s latest Instagram post.

The 2015 WNBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist is, you know, pretty good at the whole basketball thing, but she’s also really good at woodworking. Like, really good. This likely comes as no surprise for anyone who follows her (or her burgeoning business) on social media, but if you aren’t aware of her skills, please cast your eyes on the picture of her most recent table tops below.

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WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD AT EVERYTHING, ELENA?

 

Original Source: http://www.espn.com/espnw/culture/the-buzz/article/17832823/elena-delle-donne-woodworking-skills-almost-impressive-game-court

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Sky’s Elena Delle Donne named to All-WNBA First Team

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune:

Sky forward Elena Delle Donne has been named to the All-WNBA First Team, the league announced Friday.

WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike topped the list as the only unanimous pick. The Los Angeles Sparks forward received 39 first-place votes and 195 points from the media panel.

New York center Tina Charles was second with 38 first-team votes and 193 points. Guards Maya Moore of Minnesota and Sue Bird of Seattle, and Delle Donne completed the first team.

Ogwumike averaged 19.7 points and 9.1 rebounds in the regular season and helped the Sparks reach the WNBA Finals against Minnesota. The teams were tied 1-1 entering Game 3 on Friday night.

Forwards Angel McCoughtry of Atlanta and Breanna Stewart of Seatte were selected to the second team along with guards Diana Taurasi of Phoenix and Jewell Loyd of Seattle, and center Sylvia Fowles of Minnesota.

Associated Press

original source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/ct-sky-elena-delle-donne-wnba-first-team-20161014-story.html

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Elena Delle Donne’s New Nike Shoes Are Incredibly Fresh

Courtesy of Stack:

Elena Delle Donne has taken over the WNBA.

Though the Chicago Sky were recently eliminated from the 2016 WNBA playoffs, Delle Donne had a fantastic campaign. The 6-foot-5 guard/forward averaged 21.5 points, 7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

She’s just 27 years old, but Delle Donne’s accolades are piling up fast. She’s a three-time WNBA All-Star. She was the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She’s made the All-WNBA First Team twice. She won the league’s MVP award in 2015. She recently won her first Olympic gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Now, Nike is honoring Delle Donne with her own special edition shoe.

The Delle Donne Hyperdunk 2016 is a player exclusive colorway of this year’s Hyperdunk silhouette. The shoe features technology such as Flyknit and a dynamic Zoom Air cushioning system. Delle Donne’s model features a white and Hyper Jade color scheme in a personalized pattern than includes outlines of Delaware (her home state) and phrases such as “Path Less Traveled” and “No Excuses.” The inside sole of the shoe also features a replica of a tattoo Delle Donne has that’s dedicated to her sister Lizzie.

The shoes aren’t yet available for retail, but they’re expected to drop some time before the end of the year.

Get a closer look at these incredibly fresh kicks below:

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Original Source: http://www.stack.com/a/elena-delle-donnes-new-nike-shoes-are-incredibly-fresh

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Elena Delle Donne’s first retail shoe to make debut in Chicago Sky’s WNBA playoffs

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune:

If you happen to catch the Chicago Sky‘s playoff game against the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, check out Elena Delle Donne‘s feet. She’ll be wearing her first signature shoe, the Nike Hyperdunk PE, during the nationally televised game at Allstate Arena.

The star forward has been recovering from thumb surgery, which she had Sept. 13, so she’ll likely show off the shoes at the game but not play.

Delle Donne joins a select group of female athletes who endorse shoes available on the market. Many align themselves with brands and wear customized kicks, but most shoes aren’t made for retail. Nike hasn’t settled on a launch date for Delle Donne’s PEs but plans to have the $140 shoes for sale online and at select stores by the end of the year.

As someone who begged her parents to buy her a pair of Sheryl Swoopes’ 1996 Air Swoopes, a first for WNBA players, the debut of her own shoe holds added meaning for Delle Donne.

“I remember just freaking out to my mom and my dad saying I had to get a pair of those shoes. That was the first time I could wear a female’s shoes and that really meant something special to me,” Delle Donne told the Tribune. “And hopefully it will be the same for young girls out there who are out there playing, and even young boys.”

Nike approached Delle Donne last fall, and she worked with a Nike designer on the look. The tongue of the sea-green-like “Hyper Jade” and gray shoe contains raised features, such as the outline of her home state of Delaware, the words “no excuses” and “path less traveled,” and a replica of her tattoo with older sister Lizzie’s name inside angel wings.

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“Lizzie can’t see or hear, so all of our communication has always been through touch,” Delle Donne said. “So a lot of the important parts of the design is something where you can just feel it, almost like Braille.”

 

Original Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chicagoinc/ct-elena-delle-donne-shoe-chicago-inc-spt-0923-20160922-story.html

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