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Delle Donne named Special Olympics ambassador

WILMINGTONElena Delle Donne, the Wilmington native and the reigning WNBA rookie of the year, has been named a global ambassador for Special Olympics, according to her alma mater, Ursuline Academy.

The formal announcement will be made Friday, Feb. 7, with Delle Donne appearing at Ursuline via Google+ from Chicago, where she plays with the Sky. Delle Donne also will take questions from Ursuline students about her basketball career and her new role with Special Olympics.

Delle Donne has spoken at length about her sister, Lizzie, who was born with cerebral palsy and is autistic. Lizzie Delle Donne cannot see or hear and knows her sister by touch and scent. Elena Delle Donne told the Chicago Sun-Times last summer that she hopes to have her foundation, which would raise money for people with special needs, up and running this year.

Delle Donne will begin next week back home in Wilmington, running a clinic Monday afternoon at Ursuline before appearing at the Bob Carpenter Center during the Delaware 87ers game to raise awareness of Lyme disease. She then travels to New Orleans to play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 14.