Edin named to tennis scholarship
Izabella Edin of Staples has been named a 2016 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award national winner. Two national winners received one-time $7,500 scholarships towards education, tennis development, and/or medical care. They were presented their awards by Mylan World TeamTennis co-founder Billie Jean King on July 31 at the New York Empire tennis match.
The scholarships are awarded to male and female athletes ages 14-21 and in good academic standing, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. The other winner was Casey Zhong of Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Edin, who attends Saving Grace Christian Academy through home schooling, started playing tennis at 11 years old and decided to play high school tennis at Staples-Motley-Verndale in the fall of 2014 and was soon playing No. 1 singles. During that season, she was the Section 8A singles champion and took 3rd place in the Minnesota State High School Championships.
During her first year on varsity in 2014, Edin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Since her diagnosis, Edin has excelled both on and off the court. She was named to the 2016 USTA Leadership team while also being inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars.
Edin was named the winner of the 2015 USTA Northern Jerry Noyce Junior Sportsmanship Award and was selected to participate in the 2016 BJK WTT Junior Nationals in San Diego for the USTA Northern team.
These awards are named after two former World TeamTennis executives and tennis champions, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby, who are sisters. Both women have lived successfully with diabetes since childhood. The scholarship program was established by King, through WTT Charities, in 1998 to encourage children with diabetes to lead an active life and compete in tennis.
Novo Nordisk has been the title sponsor of the award since 2002. The company is headquartered in Denmark and specializes in global healthcare with a concentration and leadership in diabetes.