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

She’d go out of her way to praise Sylvia Fowles or Epiphanny Prince for how they were playing “Sky basketball.” Ask Delle Donne about herself and the answers would be polite but brief, and she’d quickly turn conversation back to her teammates.

But this winter, Delle Donne has become the Sky’s focal point. While most of her teammates are playing overseas, Delle Donne turned down lucrative offers and stayed in the area to help promote the Sky brand. She’s done clinics, promotional and charity outings and will be omnipresent at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

It’s becoming clear that Delle Donne has emerged as the face of the Sky and maybe of the WNBA. That celebrity status is something Delle Donne is growing comfortable with.

“Of course. It’s great for the sport. We need attention on our sport, and I take a lot of pride in being a really good role model, too,” Delle Donne said. “I know that the attention is going to be there and it’s important for our game to have it there and I’ll do the best I can with that attention to give back and do some really good things out in the community.”

She has been named a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and has conducted clinics for athletes with special needs. She also took part in a benefit for kids with Lyme Disease in her home state of Delaware.

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