(CBS) — Elena Delle Donne has been pretty busy bouncing around the community since she led the Chicago Sky to the team’s very first playoff berth.
As CBS 2’s Ryan Baker reports, Delle Donne joined a new team Friday at Homewood-Flossmoor High School that’s very near and dear to her heart.
Delle Donne is the face of the Chicago Sky, the WNBA and now Special Olympics.
“I’m very proud of that. It combines my two passions — sports, basketball clearly, and giving back to my special needs community,” she says.
Delle Donne has spent her entire life preparing for her new role as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. Her older sister, Lizzie, was born with autism, cerebral palsy, and is both blind and deaf. It hasn’t kept the two from forming an inseparable bond.
The athlete explains: “I call her our angel, she’s amazing.That interaction is so non-verbal. It’s just touch. It’s laughter, and it’s kind of going off one another’s feelings. It’s special in the world today, where we’re always text-messaging and using social media.
“With Liz, it’s old-school, and it’s such a great relationship. It is real communication, and she teaches us that and the importance of that.”
The reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year left the special-needs students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School feeling “Sky High!” after hosting a hoops clinic.
“She’s amazing. I wish I could be like her –but on the male side,” says Kewaun Allen, Homewood-Flossmoor sophomore.
“It’s something I learned from my parents – do more. When you get the spotlight, try to do something with it — give back,” says Delle Donne.