Elena Delle Donne‘s story begins long before her WNBA debut, records, victory with last season’s Washington Mystics and MVP title. It’s the story of a player, a sportswoman, but also a person and especially a sister who could not go unnoticed by Nike.
Elena, in fact, is Lizzie‘s younger sister who, due to cerebral palsy and a form of autism, is deaf and blind from birth. Because of this situation, the relationship between the two has always been based on touch: Lizzie’s needs, but also her emotions and feelings are communicated to her sister through her hands. This, in addition to making Elena essential for Lizzie, has made her an indispensable part of the life of the champion WNBA, so as to lead her to give up her passion for basketball.
Elena Delle Donne is 19 years old when she leaves for college and, once away from her family, she understands that she can’t do it without that concrete and palpable bond with her big sis. So she changes college by choosing one near home and after a long stop, when, thanks to the relationship with her sister, she finds herself and her love for the parquet, for the segmental ball, for the fouls, the fatigue, the crushes, the victories, and the defeats, she returns to play.
Today, that little girl from Delaware who dreamed of becoming a WNBA champion is much more and has not only won on the pitch, she has won in life.
For all this, Nike has chosen them as the faces of the last chapter of the campaign “Sports Changes Everything“, making them protagonists of the video “Carry Me” in which, in addition to images, the words of Elena herself come straight to the heart.
“Everyone thinks I carry her. But she’s the one carrying me.”