WNBA superstar Elena Delle Donne made a special Christmastime visit to the Mary Campbell Center, leaving behind delighted residents fitted out in the latest, cutting-edge athletic footwear.
The Washington Mystics forward and league MVP stopped by the north Wilmington home for the disabled on December 24th with members of her family. They came to give dozens of boxes of the new Nike Air Zoom UNVRS Delle Donne wore throughout the Mystics’ 2019 championship run, presenting an autographed pair of shoes to every single resident.
The basketball star’s mom Joan Delle Donne even called over to the Mary Campbell Center before the event to ask caregivers there to provide her the correct shoe size for each resident.
Delle Donne credits her big sister Lizzie as the inspiration for the self-lacing shoe featuring the “FlyeEase” technology which essentially opens up the back of the shoe and eases putting it on and off – a benefit for the physically challenged residents at Mary Campbell. She told reporters at the event, “This shoe is made for them, and they love it.”
The Mary Campbell Center serves those who have physical and intellectual disabilities, including residential care and group programs.
Lizzie, Delle Donne’s older sister who was born with cerebral palsy and autism, stars alongside her sister in a Nike video that has over 6.7 million views on YouTube.
In the video, the Ursuline Academy and University of Delaware standout says of her sister, “Everyone thinks I carry her … but she’s the one who carries me.”