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Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards offers scholarships
for teen tennis players living with diabetes

 Presentation of the 2014 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards. (Photo: Kevin Koski).   
Novo Nordisk
, the leading pharmaceutical company in diabetes care, is proud to be the sponsor of the WTT Donnelly Awards.  Billie Jean King established the awards in 1998 to encourage diabetic children to lead an active life and compete in tennis. The awards provide scholarships to young tennis players living with diabetes and are named after two long-time Mylan World TeamTennis executives and tennis champions, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby, who are sisters. Stone was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Northwestern University, and Maltby earned All-Big Ten honors at the University of Iowa. Both women have had diabetes since childhood. 

The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards annually award $25,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $5,000 scholarships given to two young people, ages 14-21, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. Six regional awards of $2,500 are also granted.  The awards are to be used for education, tennis development and/or medical care.  

The 2014 national recipients are Zoe Monge of Orlando, Fla. and Caden Moortgat of Boise, Idaho. Six regional finalist awards of $2,500 were also granted. Monge and Moortgat will have the opportunity to attend a Mylan WTT match and meet League co-founder Billie Jean King. 

For more information about the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards, please contact Diane Donnelly Stone at 212-586-3444, x120 or dstone@wtt.com.

Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company with an 88-year history of innovation and achievement in diabetes care. The company has the broadest diabetes product portfolio in the industry, including the most advanced products within the area of insulin delivery systems. In addition to diabetes care, Novo Nordisk has a leading position within areas such as hemostasis management, growth hormone therapy, and hormone therapy for women. Novo Nordisk's business is driven by the Triple Bottom Line: a commitment to economic success, environmental soundness, and social responsibility to employees and customers. With headquarters in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs more than 27,000 employees in 81 countries, and markets its products in 179 countries. Novo Nordisk's B shares are listed on the stock exchanges in Copenhagen and London. Its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'NVO'. For global information, visit novonordisk.com; for United States information, visit NovoNordisk-US.com. For information about Novo Nordisk insulin products, visit NovoNordiskcare.com.

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- For further information concerning diabetes, please go to Diabetes.org.

2014 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award National Winners

Zoe Monge, Orlando, Fla. 
 National Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($5,000)


Zoe Monge was diagnosed with diabetes at age 10. Monge has also been playing tennis competitively since the age of 10, but was forced to sit out two years at age 14 due to a hip injury. During her physical therapy, she was awarded a training scholarship at the Blackman Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., from 2012-2013. Monge was a member of the varsity high school tennis team for Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, where her team was district and regional champions and Florida State 4A finalists. During high school, Monge was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Monge will attend Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., this fall, where she plans to continue her tennis career.

 
 
Caden Moortgat, Boise, Idaho
National Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($5,000)
 

Caden Moortgat, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8, has excelled on and off the court. On the court, Moortgat held a top five ranking in Idaho in the 14-and-under division and the top ranking in the 12-and-under division. He also held a top 30 ranking in the Intermountain section in the 14-and-under division and was chosen to be part of the USTA Regional Training camps from 2012-2014. Moortgat was honored with the Sportsmanship Award at the prestigious Zonals competition in 2012. Off the court, Moortgat has spoken with Idaho U.S. Representatives as a lobbyist for funding for Type 1 Diabetes. He also advocates for families with newly diagnosed children living with diabetes. Academically, he attended Micron’s Treasure Valley Math and Science Center in Boise. This fall, Moortgat will enter eighth grade at Spring Creek Academy in Plano, Texas.   


2014 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award Regional Recipients
 

Brooke Burningham – Kaysville, Utah.
Regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($2,500)
 
Burningham is a 2014 graduate at Davis High School, where she was co-captain of her tennis team during her senior year. Playing at the No. 1 doubles position, Burningham helped Davis win the 2013 Utah State 5A championship for the first time in school history. She was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9, and will be attending Utah State University in the fall.
 
 
Connor Genschaw – Grand Rapids, Mich.  
Regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($2,500)
 

Genschaw is a 14-year-old who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9. He is a skilled tennis player who actively participates in USTA tournaments across the country. For his positive behavior on the court, Genschaw received the Midwest Sportsmanship Award in 2013. He will be attending Forest Hills Central High School as a freshman this fall.

 

Alexandrea Miller – Yucaipa, Calif.
Regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($2,500)

 
Miller is a 17-year-old who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8. She was a captain of her tennis team at Yucaipa high school, where she played No. 1 doubles her junior and senior years. During her senior year, Miller finished third in her high school league for doubles. Her brother also has Type 1 Diabetes.
 
Mazen Oweiss – Koemos, Mich.
Regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($2,500)


Oweiss is a 2014 graduate of Okemos High School who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 3. He competed on his varsity team all four years at Okemos, where he was captain of his team. Oweiss had great success during his high school career, winning districts and regionals four consecutive years at the singles position. Oweiss helped lead his team to a state semifinal appearance. His brother also has Type 1 Diabetes.

 

Isabella Shelton – Las Vegas, Nev.
Regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($2,500)


Diagnosed at age 3, Shelton is a 14-year-old who attends Nevada Connections Academy. Shelton is an active tournament tennis player who competes at the national level. She was ranked top five in singles in Nevada from 2010 to 2013 in the 12- and 14-and-under divisions, and was also ranked No. 1 in doubles. In 2012 and 2013, Shelton competed in Zonals and also played in the Spring Nationals (2012) and the Easter Bowl (2013).

 
Austin Walter – Fredericksburg, Texas 
Regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($2,500)


Walter, a 2014 graduate at Fredericksburg High School, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 5. The 18-year-old was a part of the Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team in 2013 and 2014, where his team won their district and finished second in the state team tennis tournament in 2014. His father also has Type 1 Diabetes.

 

 


Past Winners
 
2013 - Daniel Smith and Maddie Maloney
2012 - Patrick Donovant and Katie Wiley
2011 - Elizabeth Profit and Nicole Selvaggio
2010 - Melanie Nolt and Kelsey Aho
2009 - Kayla Cyr and Heather Welch
2008 - Jordan Cox and Jennifer Heumann
2007 - Kristen Wade and Andrew Rogers
2006 - Rose Cantlin and Matthew Kranich
2005 - Danni Paulson and Madison Golightly
2004 - Travis Fillmore and Mitchell Fender
2003 - Julia Kozin and Jimmy Myers
2002 - Lindsay Hammes and Dash Connell
2001 - Katie Arneson and Adam Brown
2000 - Haley Edmiston and Drew Silow
1999 - Sharon Reske and Carrie Goldhahn
1998 - Meredith Britton and PJ Goldfeder