HDFS alumna Elena Delle Donne was one of two UD alumni selected for Forbes 2017 “30 Under 30” list.
Delle Donne, a human services major with a concentration in administration and family policy ’13, led the Blue Hens to the NCAA Division I championship tournament Sweet 16 in 2012-13.
As a UD scholar-athlete, Delle Donne was a Dean’s List student and an NCAA Division I Academic All-American of the Year. She said her undergraduate career was a balancing act that involved class work, athletic competition and hands-on work in her field of study, particularly with young children.
Today, Delle Donne is a WNBA star, playing for the Chicago Sky. She has been the league’s most valuable player, its rookie of the year, the 2015 scoring champion and a three-time all-star. In 2016, she became an Olympic gold medalist, having played with the U.S. national team at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Staying close to her roots as a human service major, she has twice been presented the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award by the WNBA for her efforts in support of Special Olympics and other community services.
See UDaily article highlighting Delle Donne and Matt Watters.
Summary of accomplishments on CEHD webpage.