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Diabetic Players: Apply for Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award

October 23, 2018 04:32 PM

Ten awards will be given to young diabetic athletes by Novo Nordisk. Recipients must be between the ages of 14 and 21, have diabetes, and must play tennis competitively in tournaments, high school, or college. 

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WHAT:  Two one-time national awards of $7,500 each given annually to two young people aged 14-21 who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team.  Eight regional awards of $3,000 each will also be granted.  The awards are to be used for education, tennis development, and/or medical care.  Winners of the two national awards will be presented their awards by Billie Jean King, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby in 2019 – date and location to be determined.

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: hemophilia, growth disorders and obesity. With U.S. headquarters in Plainsboro, N.J., Novo Nordisk Inc. has more than 5,000 employees in the United States. For more information, visit novonordisk.us or follow us on Twitter: @novonordiskus.

WHY:  To honor the achievements and determination of two long-time World TeamTennis, Inc. executives, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby, and to encourage young people with diabetes to lead full, active lives.  Diane and Tracey Donnelly are sisters who grew up living with diabetes.  Diane and Tracey were diagnosed with Type I diabetes as children and have taken multiple injections on a daily basis ever since.  Their father also has Type I diabetes.  Introduced to tennis by their parents at a young age, Diane and Tracey went on to compete in high school and national events.  Both earned full athletic scholarships to Big Ten universities.  Diane was an all-American and NCAA doubles champion at Northwestern University and Tracey achieved all-Big Ten honors at the University of Iowa.

Diabetes is no match for these dynamic women.  With the same spirit that characterized the legendary career of Billie Jean King, Diane and Tracey lead full, healthy, and active lives.  Their diabetes has taught them to be disciplined and to stay in top physical shape.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:  You must:  1) be between the ages 14 to 21 (male or female); 2) in good academic standing at school; 3) be able to provide doctor’s confirmation of diabetes diagnosis; 4) currently be a competitive tennis player either in high school or college, or in tournaments; 5) show strong personal character, values, sportsmanship and community involvement; and 6) demonstrate financial need as indicated on the application.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applications must be received by April 1, 2019, along with two recommendation letters and a short essay regarding the significance of diabetes in your life.  Finalists will need to submit a doctor’s statement verifying they have diabetes and might be asked to submit parents’ tax returns from 2016 and 20167  To download an application, go to www.wtt.com or www.novonordisk-us.com and click on Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards.  Email completed application to dmdstone@comcast.net or send hard copy to Diane Stone, 2204 Larkdale Drive, Glenview, IL  60025. For more information, contact Diane Stone at 773-307-9430.

 

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