Junior Tennis Players named as recipients of
2012 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award Scholarships
NEW YORK, N.Y. (August 2, 2012) – Patrick Donovant, 17, of Reidsville, N.C., and Katie Wiley, 18, of Hudson, Ohio, have been named the 2012 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award national winners. The two national winners received one-time $5,000 scholarships towards education, tennis development, and/or medical care.
Presentation of the 2012 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards. Pictured L to R: Gretchen Langan, Billie Jean King, Katie Wiley, Patrick Donovant & Diane Donnelly Stone.
The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards annually distribute $25,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $5,000 national scholarships and six one-time $2,500 regional scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to male and female athletes ages 12-21, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team.
The national recipients were honored by WTT co-founder Billie Jean King at halftime of a World TeamTennis match between the New York Sportimes and the Philadelphia Freedoms in Philadelphia. King made the presentation along with Gretchen Langan - the Business Manager for Novo Nordisk in Philadelphia, and one of the namesakes of the award - Diane Donnelly Stone.
Six other students received the regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award, which offers a one-time scholarship of $2,500. These recipients are Koby Barker from Quincy, Calif., William Leddy from Lakeway, Texas, Jonathan McFarlane-Weinstein from Palm Bay, Fla., Stephanie Rothweiler from Falmouth, Maine, Tyler Scott from Igo, Calif., and Thomas Wooding from Ridgecrest, Calif..
Donovant is a three-time All-Conference tennis player at Reidsville High School who will attend the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University in the fall. He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was eight years old. An All-Conference selection for the past three years, Donovant received the Coach’s Award in 2012. He also received the Superintendent’s Scholar Athlete Award for tennis all four years for having a 3.5 GPA or higher. Donovant also competed on the high school soccer team for four years and was the co-captain his senior year.
Wiley, who found out she had Diabetes at age five, finished with a 19-1 singles record this past year at Hudson High School, which included a singles tournament championship in the Northeast Ohio Conference. Wiley was the recipient of the Hudson High School Scholar Athlete Award, the Sportsmanship Award and the Northeast Ohio Conference Scholar Award. She also received the AP Scholar Award and was a member of the National Honor Society. She hopes to study pre-med and will be a member of the Carolina Honors Program and Carolina Research Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The awards are named after two long-time 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 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.
Bios of the 2012 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award Regional recipients ($2,500 each):
Koby Barker (18), Quincy, Calif.
Diagnosed at age 13, Barker has led an active life with diabetes. He played three years on his tennis team at Quincy High School in Quincy, Calif., and was named team captain all three years. He played number one singles and his team was League Champion the past two years. Barker is an Advanced Placement Scholar and was the Class President and Student Body President. He will be attending Santa Clara University in the fall.
William Leddy (18), Lakeway, Texas
A resident of Lakeway, Texas, Leddy was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year. He graduated from ATA College Prep this spring and has played junior team tennis for several years, with his team winning the state and national championships in 2011. William was the recipient of a National Merit commendation and will be attending the University of Chicago in the fall where he will play for the tennis team.
Jonathan McFarlane-Weinstein (20)
A resident of Palm Bay, Fla., McFarlane-Weinstein was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 11. He played on the tennis team at Miami Killian Senior High School and was a member of the 2009 District Championship team. He graduated from high school with honors in 2010 and has been attending Morehouse College. McFarlane-Weinstein received the Student Government Senate Scholarship Award in 2012 and made the honor roll in his freshman year.
Stephanie Rothweiler (18), Falmouth, Maine
Rothweiler was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 5. From Falmouth, Maine, she played four years of varsity tennis at Falmouth High School. She was the captain of the team in 2011 and 2012, and her team won the Maine State Class B State Championships all four years she was on the team. Rothweiler and her doubles partner won the Western Maine Doubles Championship in 2011 and 2012. She was in the National Honor Society in 2010-2012, won the French Merit Award in 2011 and was the Maine Irish Dancer of the Year in 2010.
Tyler Scott (18), Igo, Calif.
Diagnosed with diabetes in his sophomore year of high school, Scott learned to adjust very well. From Igo, Calif., he was a member of the University Preparatory High School’s team from 2009-2012. He played number four singles on his team his senior year. Scott was also the recipient of the AP Scholar Award in 2011 and was Summa Cum Laude 2009-2012.
Thomas Wooding (19), Ridgecrest, Calif.
Wooding was diagnosed with diabetes in his freshman year of college while attending the University of California - Santa Barbara. Growing up in Ridgecrest, Calif. , he played four years of high school tennis at Burroughs High School. Wooding was the team MVP in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and received the Principals Outstanding Athlete Award for the Desert Sky League. He received the AP High Scholar award in 2010 and the Mayors Award which was presented for service to the youth community. Wooding is studying mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara.
About Novo Nordisk:
Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 88 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit novonordisk-us.com.
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