Elena Delle Donne Launches Iconic Nike Shoe Inspired by Lyme Disease Battle

Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has battled what she described as “chronic” Lyme disease for more than a decade. (Terrance Williams/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Elena Delle Donne has just released a very special signature shoe.

The Washington Mystics star announced the release of the Nike Air Deldon “Lyme” shoes on Thursday morning. The shoes, with lime green accents and various shades of green, were inspired by her battle with Lyme disease.

“Inspired by my battle with Lyme disease, this shoe represents my fight on and off the court,” she wrote on Twitter. “By sharing my story, I hope to show other athletes what is possible.”

Delle Donne averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds last season for the Mystics, his first full comeback since 2019 after . The two-time league MVP also helped lead the franchise to a title in 2019.

Delle Donne has been very open about her battle with Lyme disease in recent years. She said in a moving post that she takes 64 pills a day to combat her “chronic Lyme”, a problem she has faced for more than a decade.

“It’s an endless cycle, exhausting and miserable,” she wrote.

Delle Donne’s signature shoe is a rare feat for a WNBA star. This is only the 11th overall signing shoe by a WNBA player in league history, although the second has been released in as many years. to get his own signature shoe in the last decade last year after leaving Nike for Puma. It was the first since Candace Parker released one with Adidas in 2010.


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