Delawareans are quite familiar with Elena Delle Donne’s heart of gold.
But the homegrown superstar has gone a step further.
Delle Donne turned the U.S women’s basketball team’s gold medal win over Spain on Saturday 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, promised to donate the kicks if her team took the gold.
Families received the cute sneakers on Sunday with a note:
“It all starts now,” the note begins.
“26 years ago, it started in Wilmington for a little champ just like you. And today, Elena Delle Donne conquered the world. Maybe someday that could be you.”
“Or maybe you’ll choose to do something else. There really are no limits to your potential.”
Delle Donne, a spokesperson for Christiana Care Health System, was born at Christiana Hospital on Sept. 5, 1989.
The former Ursuline Academy and University of Delaware All-American appeared in her first Olympics this summer and scored 10 points, including eight in the second half, in her team’s gold medal-winning game against Spain.
“I kept having to look at it. Is this real life?,” Delle Donne said in the postgame interview area, still clutching the best addition to her jewelry collection. “Just taking it all in, like ‘Oh my goodness. Somebody pinch me. Did this really happen?’ ”