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Elena Delle Donne Shows Off Her Woodworking Skills


We all know that Elena Delle Donne is one heck of a basketball player, but did you know she also happens to be a pretty skilled carpenter? It’s totally fine to say no here. I didn’t know this until about five minutes ago.

The Chicago Sky star and reigning WNBA MVP posted a picture on Instagram on Monday night of her latest project, and it seems — based on the hint she provides that includes dog footprints — to be something for her beloved canine pal, Wrigley. Is it a bed? A doggy couch? A drawer for only dog food and treats? You’ll just have to decide for yourself.

… Guess what I'm making?! #hint #🐾

A photo posted by Elena Delle Donne (@de11edonne) on

Good to know if this whole basketball thing doesn’t work out, she’s got something else she can fall back on.

Original Article: http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/the-buzz/article/14650988/elena-delle-donne-shows-woodworking-skills

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Elena reunites with Kevin Hart for NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Elena Delle Donne will return to the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, joining comedian Kevin Hart’s team when he and other U.S. stars face Drake’s Canada team in Toronto on Feb. 12.

The Chicago Sky forward and 2015 WNBA MVP will play alongside actors Jason Sudeikis, Michael B. Jordan, Anthony Anderson and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray; TV host Nick Cannon; former NBA stars Chauncey Billups and Muggsy Bogues; and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry at Ricoh Coliseum.

The game will air live at 6 p.m. Central time on ESPN, and fans can follow, post and tweet using the hashtag #NBAAllStarTO.

Drake’s team features former NBA greats Steve Nash, Tracy McGrady and Rick Fox; Toronto Blue Jays All-Star right fielder José Bautista; actors Stephan James and Kris Wu; Arcade Fire’s Win Butler; HGTV’s Drew and Jonathan Scott; tennis pro Milos Raonic; and the Indiana Fever’s Natalie Achonwa.

Delle Donne played with Hart in the 2014 game on a team that also included Jordan, rapper Snoop Dogg, model Erin Heatherton.

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Elena Delle Donne Joins Kevin Hart to Move NYC

Via Slam Online

To kick off the new year and help New Yorkers get started on their fitness resolutions, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne joined Kevin Hart in a training event this past weekend.

Hundreds of motivated New Yorkers came out for Nike’s high-intensity “Move With Hart” event, as can be seen in the photos.

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A world class basketball player and a world class role model

“That’s the thing: You don’t understand burnout unless you’ve been burned out. And it’s something you can’t even explain. It’s just doing something you have absolutely no passion for.”

This is the quote that is highlighted on Elena Delle Donne’s personal website. That quote exemplifies everything there is to idolize about Elena Delle Donne. She is a hard worker, a dreamer and a leader. She is willing to put in the necessary work that it takes to become successful.

If you don’t already know her name by now, you should. Delle Donne was named the 2015 WNBA MVP, but that only begins to tell her story. Sure she is an extremely talented basketball player, but Delle Donne should be a source of inspiration for many people.

She gets her inspiration from her younger sister, Lizzie. Lizzie was born blind and deaf and she also has cerebral palsy and autism. Her full story can be found here.

“The only real interaction I, or anyone, has with her is in person, with hand over hand sign language. She hugs. She smiles. She kisses,” wrote Elena Delle Donne.

Lizzie is the reason Delle Donne elected to turn down a scholarship offer from NCAA women’s powerhouse UCONN in favor of staying close to her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware and attending the University of Delaware. The same reason she does not play overseas during the WNBA offseason. Family is important to Delle Donne and that’s very clear. Her relationship with Lizzie and her brother Gene is a connection that everyone should strive for. Family is important and we shouldn’t take things like family for granted in this life.

Family means so much to her that she started the Elena Delle Donne Charitable Foundation. A foundation that encapsulates many things that hit home in her house: the challenges that Lizzie faces, the Special Olympics, and Lyme Disease as well.

Just another reason that Delle Donne should be a role model for people across the world: she cares. She has a real desire to help others and she doesn’t think she is too good for anyone; although she has bragging rights over just about anyone on the basketball court. Delle Donne is an ambassador and a mentor. She is a national ambassador for the Lyme Research Alliance and also the global ambassador for the Special Olympics. Not only does she help with these charitable organizations, but she also hosts the Delle Donne Academy basketball camp where she touches the lives of many young girls aspiring to be like her.

Delle Donne suffers from Lyme disease herself. One of the main symptoms of Lyme Disease is fatigue, not something that is particularly ideal when playing basketball at an incredibly high level as she does. But she takes it in stride and refuses to use it as an excuse.

“I’m often exhausted from the Lyme, and frustrated with my body. It’s hard. But when I think about my position — when I think about how tired I am or how much it hurts — I think about Lizzie,” Elena wrote. “I’m so lucky to have the health that I do, and so lucky to have a body and mind which allow me to do what I do. She inspires me. None of my hardships are even close to the same plane as what she has endured. And look at what makes her happy… Wind. That’s perspective.”

Delle Donne exemplifies leadership, perseverance, hard-work, love for others and lastly she has proven that if you put in the work, dreams and goals are attainable.

“I could do whatever I wanted as a girl, whatever my brother did. I could play against the boys and achieve what they did.”

Delle Donne combined hard work and self-confidence and that was the recipe that led her to becoming the 2015 WNBA MVP. Practice, Preparation, Passion. Those three words are Delle Donne’s keys to success in her career. It’s not surprising what she has achieved though considering her motto: Demand Excellence.

However, it’s about time that Elena Delle Donne starts receiving attention for all of the good things she does off the court. Positive role models are hard to come by these days in sports, but Delle Donne leaves hope for a bright future. It’s time to stop making jokes about the WNBA and time to start appreciating the talent and heart of Elena Delle Donne.

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This Nike short film proves there are too many great players to pick a favorite

For Christmas, Nike released a short film wherein four kids try to figure out who their favorite player is. There’s a whole bunch of basketball stars that they visit: Kevin Durant, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, Elena Delle Donne, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, who takes NBA2K more seriously than you’d imagine.

Future and Serena Williams also have cameos in this film, but the kids sadly can’t meet them because life isn’t fair sometimes — although they can somehow afford to travel the world to meet all these athletes, but that plot hole discussion is for another day.

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