Sky is limit, Delle Donne bids farewell
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 22:04
As young children filed into the room for an autograph signing with WNBA No. 2 overall draft pick Elena Delle Donne, they stared with wide eyes as if they were looking at a skyscraper.
And as each boy or girl left the room, they were sky-high.
Before leaving for Chicago tomorrow, Delle Donne had a farewell at ATI Physical Therapy center on Saturday for fans that wanted to catch one last glimpse of the future All-Star.
“To have this following and see some of these familiar faces come just to see me is incredible,” Delle Donne said. “It really means a lot to me.”
Just as the Bob Carpenter Sports Center was jam-packed with fans of all ages for last month’s NCAA Tournament, there was a diverse amount of admirers coming to wish her luck.
Catherine and Harrison Dempsey, of Wilmington, said the NCAA Tournament games were a lot of fun, and she was an amazing player.
“She’s really nice,” Catherine Dempsey said. “Taller in person obviously, but a great girl and we wish her the best. … It’s really cool someone from Delaware is so famous.”
And while the children were star-struck to meet the All-American, there was no age limit on being in awe of meeting Delle Donne.
Senior Citizen Florrie Callahan, of Newark, said to Delle Donne that it was her birthday treat to see her play in the last couple years, and she wished her luck in her future.
Callahan said she was never interested in basketball, and she had not ever been to a game in high school or college until she saw Delle Donne play.
“I started watching Elena and for four years it has been the most important thing on my television set,” Callahan said. “I really enjoy the games and I’m going to miss these girls a whole lot.”
Athletic Director of Glasglow High School, Jeremy Jeanne said he got to know Delle Donne by training with her at ATI.
"It’s funny because all along we knew she was going to be big talent,” Jeanne said. “Now you look back and you’re like, ‘Wow, I was working out with maybe the best player that ever come out of Delaware.’”
Jeanne said he might have even beaten her once in basketball, but Delle Donne responded with saying, “Let’s not talk about how old we were.”
Everyone wished her luck and thanked her, as she took the time to get up after almost every signing to take a picture and learn and talk about each person who came to see her.
But one exchange with a family was simply put.
“I’ll see you at the game,” Delle Donne said to the family walking out.
“We’ll be there,” they responded.