Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne and her wife Amanda announced their auction of a one-of-a-kind, handmade hoop they created in their Deldon studio.
In a Nov. 13 tweet, alongside a video statement from the pair, the Mystics star shared that 100% of the proceeds from the art piece will go to the NAACP, short for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Auction is now live! https://t.co/8oF2Glw5Uj pic.twitter.com/4XSSTUFx2j— Elena Delle Donne (@De11eDonne) November 13, 2020
Delle Donne revealed they made the hoop to “raise awareness about the way the world idolizes Black culture and Black athletes, but perpetuates institutional and structural racism.”
We made this piece to raise awareness about the way the world idolizes Black culture and Black athletes, but perpetuates institutional and structural racism. All proceeds go to the NAACP. To bid on this piece visit https://t.co/UB9neCs7fc pic.twitter.com/57spWZu8C7— Elena Delle Donne (@De11eDonne) November 13, 2020
“We are optimistic about the future,” said Elena. “We have taken a step in the right direction as a country but it certainly is not the time to be complacent or to ignore how much work is still left to be done.”
Amanda admitted the couple has been devastated by the discrimination people of color, especially the Black community, continues to endure.
“We as a country have benefitted from the lives of Black people and the system that oppressed them for centuries,” she stated.
Bidding ends Nov. 20 at 9PM. As of Sunday evening, the highest bid was $2,610.
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