"Elena is one of the brightest stars in our game today and an iconic role model. My Shot reveals not only her competitive spirit, but most importantly her character and commitment to her craft. This relatable story will provide inspiration to young athletes everywhere, regardless of sport."--Lisa M. Borders, WNBA President "Inspiring in many ways, this will be meat and potatoes to girls with their own basketball aspirations."--Kirkus Reviews "Sports lovers, especially girls, will find an encouraging story of a sports celebrity who was able to deal with the challenges that came her way."--VOYA "Sports-minded teens will devour this fast-paced narrative."--School Library Journal "The difficulties she's experienced--a best friend's suicide, chronic Lyme disease, stress, injuries, team defeats, bad press--make her heartfelt advice to young people powerful and true."--Booklist "Ahh, I love how candid and real Elena is in this book. No, everything is not perfect and she gives so many wonderful insights on how much pressure we put on ourselves as young women and equally important, how to deal with that pressure in a healthy and positive way. Because when you lose the idea of making everyone else happy, you begin the joyful process of living life courageously."--Julie Foudy, Two-time FIFA World Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist "Elena Delle Donne is one of the great role models in sports today. She's a terrific athlete who has written a wonderful book that is riveting, compelling and honest. Elena's story is an inspiration to anyone who loves and plays sports."--Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist, CNN and ABC News commentator, best-selling author --Este texto se refiere a la edición hardcover.. Elena Delle Donne has been a professional women's basketball player since 2013, when she was selected by the Chicago Sky second overall in the WNBA draft. She was the 2015 WNBA MVP and won the gold medal with the USA's women's basketball team in the 2016 Olympics. She is the global ambassador for the Special Olympics and became the first national ambassador for the Lyme Research Alliance. Elena also plays host to De11e Donne Academy, a basketball camp that runs throughout the year, where she mentors and coaches girls ages seven to eighteen. She now plays for the Washington, DC, Mystics. --Este texto se refiere a la edición hardcover.. “Elena is one of the brightest stars in our game today and an iconic role model.” —Lisa M. Borders, WNBA President “Inspiring in many ways.” —Kirkus Reviews Elena Delle Donne, 2015 WNBA MVP and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, shares her inspirational story of being a young basketball prodigy who gave up an impressive basketball scholarship for family and self-discovery.Elena Delle Donne has always forged her own path. During her first year of college, she walked away from a scholarship and chance to play for Geno Aurriema at UConn—the most prestigious women’s college basketball program—so she could stay in her home state of Delaware and be close to her older sister, Lizzie, who has several disabilities and can only communicate through hand-over-hand signing. Burned out and questioning her passion for basketball, she attended the University of Delaware and took up volleyball for a year. Eventually she found her way back to her first love, playing basketball for the Blue Hens, ultimately leading them, a mid-major team, to the Sweet Sixteen. She went on to become the second overall selection during the 2013 WNBA draft and the WNBA’s 2015 MVP. Elena Delle Donne delivers a powerful and motivational story of overcoming the challenges of competitive sports through balancing hard work and the support of a loving family.
Great book! Shows it's not always about the men I'm a Basketball player and fan and many have seen the NBA over the years with the likes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. I never knew there was a WNBA, but through reading this book, I learnt about the WNBA and female Basketball players. It was lovely reading Elena Delle Donne's story of how she grew up, took risks and how she adjusted to new surroundings! It was lovely reading the special bond she has with her sister who has special needs. What I like about this book is that it shows it's not always about the men; women can stand out too. It's nice seeing women play central sports like football, basketball and rugby - sports that focus on men; it shows that they can stand out and they're just as talented as the men and this book is one of the best examples of that! Great story and great role model for young women!
Refreshing read So glad EDD has got a book out...hopefully a few more inspirational stars from the WNBA get the same chance too. Great read, I was just disappointed no pictures of any kind I the book...you normally get a few pages of colour pics in an autobiography.
I loved it ❤ This book was amazing and brought inspiration to me! I now play basketball and try to think like Elena every day! I hope one day I can head good as her, she is a true roll model to me and has some amazing shoes! 😃
Great book I expected this book to be about a big headed basketball star. Instead she was very open and honest and by the end of the book had me admiring her. A great read.
Good book and beautiful cover Good book and beautiful cover , but no packing . I assumed the hard cover book should have well packing and protection. The four corners are easy destroyed during on shipping. This book is my collection, so a little bit disappointed feeling.
Elena's Story of Growth Elena's story is relatable for any woman who has played sports... of course, few have ever played at the level she is capable of. It is an especially good book for parents who have girls struggling because they are "different"! Is she the tallest child in her class (including boys)? Girls struggle with these things, and any one of them could use a story like Elena's... how to deal with "difference", overcome it and rise to the top! I remember reading about Elena in an article in Sports Illustrated when she was a high school senior... It was, of course, about UCONN recruiting her. I had forgotten until my "daughter", who had recently bought a home in DE, heard on morning radio that a Philly station was going to televise a DE WBB game that night. We watched with mouths agape... what a sweet jump shot. We went to many games her junior year, tho I had to drive quite a ways. We realized we'd need season tickets her senior year if we were going to see a game. What a great time... and the NCAA regional in DE was incredible. Elena's basketball is AMAZING, BUT... from interactions with her, she is a genuinely nice person. She always makes a point to interact with the young girls, and boys, who want her autograph or a picture with her. If you have a teen/tween who is struggling with "difference" I highly recommend this book for them. I'm in my 70"s and enjoyed it too!!
Getting to know Elena Delle Donne Great book. I am an Elena Delle Donne fan, to let you know in case you sense some bias. What follows was going to be my concluding statement, but I think it captures the essence of the book, so I am going to state it here. Throughout the book, Elena's work ethic and determination to improve her game is evident. Near the end, she says Kobe Bryant told her she should have a power phrase, a motivating phrase. She considers "seek perfection", as a mantra. I am thinking, "no, no, no", the desire for perfection has sometimes taken you off course. This book, your story, is about the ups and downs of life, about your humanity. The value of the book is that you shared experiences that others can relate to, that would make you someone people would want to know. After reading the book, they would want to know the person, not the mega superstar. Relief, she tones it down a bit, just a bit :) with "demand excellence", knowing that everything will not be flawless. Here's more about the book. I was most interested in her exit from Connecticut and what was going through her mind. She amply shares that with us. Good reading, but no shocking revelation, as it makes sense to me that anyone, much less an 18-yr old, who is questioning their interest in the game, should certainly do so before committing to the 4-year demands of a Geno Auriemma coached team. (this is no knock on a guy, who is a proven winner). Chapters include the following events: early years in basketball (quite a bit on that, early family relationships (a major aspect of her life); high school basketball; the post-high school burnout phase; Lyme disease bouts (and not knowing what is wrong), university volleyball team; entrance into WNBA in Chicago; international and Olympic basketball (not so much of interest to me compared to other things, but you can see how important it was to her and how much enjoyment she got from playing with her superstar peers); more WNBA and her motivation to move to a new team, the Washington Mystics; her romantic relationship and engagement (I thought she shared, just enough, meaning that's about all that I would share about a private relationship, although I imagine some may want to learn more). It's all there. Not heart-rendering, but a good job sharing. I think it's her that comes through in the book.
A Winner who never gives up I loved the personal aspect of this auto biography. It is a look into what a young girl can be subjected to unintentionally by fans of the game. I thought Della Dawn did a good job helping the reader understand her difficulties that she had to overcome to get back into the sport, and the reasons for her decisions.
Delaware’s finest A well written story about a beautiful and complicated life. If you have lived in Delaware over the past 20 years you couldn’t help but notice Elena Delle Donne even if you were not a basketball fan. She was a legend before leaving grade school. I tried several times to see her play only to be one of the hundreds turned away from packed gyms on cold winter nights. But the best part of this story is the battle to overcome both the plague of Lyme’s disease and the complications that her talents presented her with. The love and connection with her severely disabled sister Lizzie and the role of her supportive family stands out even above the scoring records, MVP status and Olympic Gold Medal.
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