Special Olympics Announces New Global Ambassador Elena Delle Done

By Community | February 7, 2014

Special Olympics have announced a new Global Ambassador, Elena Delle Donne.

The professional basketball player who plays for the Chicago Sky in the Women’s National Basketball Association is the latest Global Ambassador to join the Special Olympics. 

Donne will join a list of high profile and prestigious Global Ambassadors including Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, Nadia Comaneci, Scott Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Yuna Kim, Yang Lan, Yang Yang, Yao Ming, Ricardo Montaner, Dikembe Mutombo, Hannah Teter, Apolo Anton Ohno, Michael Phelps, Vanessa Williams and Zhang Ziyi. 

As Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics Done’s roles will include helping people with intellectual disabilities by helping promote awareness inclusion and acceptance. 

Donne will begin her new role as Global Ambassador with a special assembly at Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. 

Done commented on receiving her recent position: “I’m so proud to serve as a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics given their mission is so important to me…My sister Lizzie has an intellectual disability and I’ve always loved working with Special Olympics and being able to get on the court and see young people with and without intellectual disabilities passing the ball and playing together.” 

Janet Froetscher, CEO of Special Olympics International congratulated the basketball player: “Elena Delle Donne is a great addition to our Special Olympics family.  Our goal is to raise awareness about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.  Through sports, we showcase the skills and dignity of our athletes.  Elena is a powerful force that will help us deliver this mission around the world.  Not only is she a highly skilled athlete, but her passion for our organization shines and I know she will help us reach many more athletes.”