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A Delaware Love Story

Apr 19, 2012 at 07:22:06 AM

I love this story.

Elena Delle Donne was the number one women's high school basketball player in America. All the top schools were drooling at the prospect of having her join their team. So it was no surprise when Delle Donne chose the University of Connecticut, the most dominant program in the history of women's college basketball.

Then, just 48 hours after arriving on campus, Delle Donne left. She went home to Wilmington, Delaware, and enrolled in the University of Delaware.

The reason? ABC News reports:

Her older sister Lizzie, 27, is both blind and deaf and was born with cerebral palsy. So when Delle Donne moved to Connecticut, she could no longer communicate with her sister at all.

"Skype, cellphone, texting, email ― doesn't work with Liz," she said. "We've never spoken a word to one another so the only thing we have is our physical contact. So that's our whole relationship. It's everything.

"She knows me by my smell and my feel, so, physically, physical contact is the only thing she knows," she said. "So when I did leave, I lost Lizzie..."

The rest of the story? This past season, Delle Donne led the nation in scoring with 28.1 points per game, while leading Delaware to a 31-2 record, the best season in school history.

Score one for family values, loyalty, commitment and selflessness. Yay!

April 19, 2012

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) Anonymous, April 19, 2012 5:55 PM

Warm, lovely story.....

Indeed this is a beautiful story. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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