CHERRY HILL, N.J. – University of Delaware senior women's basketball standout Elena Delle Donne was honored Monday evening at the 109th Annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association as the organization's Outstanding Amateur Athlete.
Delle Donne, who led the nation in scoring with 28.1 points per game during the 2011-12 campaign, was a consensus first team All-American last season. She also earned the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year award for the second time in the last three years as Delaware finished with a 31-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"I am a Delawarean through and through as I was born and raised in Wilmington, but it is a tremendous honor to be considered by Philadelphians as one of their own," remarked Delle Donne. "I appreciate and thank the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association for considering me for this prestigious award."
Previous winners of the Outstanding Amateur Athlete Award include Villanova's Sheila Reid (twice), Matt Ryan, Steve Slayton, Jameer Nelson, Lisa Raymond, Dawn Staley, Vicki Huber, Jay Sigel and Michael Brooks.
In addition to Delle Donne, several high-profile athletes were awarded at the event including MLB American League Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up Mike Trout (Outstanding Pro Athlete), U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team (Team of the Year), Philadelphia Phillies ace, Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi (Humanitarian), Philadelphia Flyers' founding-owner Ed Snider (Lifetime Humanitarian Award), Larry Bowa (Living Legend) and Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Todd Herremans (Good Guy) amongst numerous others.
The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association was founded on May 12, 1904, and the first of what would become an annual Awards Dinner was held Feb. 15, 1905.
The Blue Hens, who are currently 16-3 on the year and 7-0 in CAA action travel to Atlanta to face off against Georgia State at 7 p.m. Thursday. Delaware is riding an 11-game winning streak and have won 26 regular season CAA contests.