Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards

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Novo Nordisk, the leading pharmaceutical company in diabetes care, is proud to be the sponsor of the 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 World TeamTennis executives, sisters, and tennis champions, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby. 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 $39,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $7,500 scholarships given to two young people, ages 14-21, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. Eight regional awards of $3,000 are also granted. The awards are to be used for education, tennis development and/or medical care.

The 2018 national recipients are Garrett Kurtz of Irvine, Calif., and Paulina Garcia of San Antonio, Texas. Kurtz and Garcia had the opportunity to attend a WTT match and meet League co-founder Billie Jean King. Read more!

For more information about the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards, please contact Diane Donnelly Stone at dstone@wtt.com.

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: hemophilia, growth disorders and obesity. With U.S. headquarters in Plainsboro, N.J., Novo Nordisk Inc. has more than 5,000 employees in the United States. For more information, visit novonordisk.us.


2018 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards National Winners
Paulina Garcia, San Antonio, Texas

Garcia, 19, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 12. The diagnosis didn’t slow down the graduate of TMI Episcopal in San Antonio, who played No. 1 singles all four years of high school. She won district for three consecutive years and also reached the state championship semifinals in 2014. Garcia recently completed her freshman year at Trinity University where she plays No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. The international business major also reached the quarterfinals of the fall 2017 ITA Collegiate Conference Tournament. In her spare time, Garcia has also done volunteer mission work for Regnum Christi and also works at a youth tennis camp.

Garrett Kurtz, Irvine, Calif.

Kurtz, 20, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 7. He played varsity for four years at University High School in Irvine, leading the team to CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) titles and back-to-back state regional titles. Kurtz, who played No. 1 doubles and singles his senior year, was also a 5-star recruit and was ranked top 50 nationally and top 10 within Southern California in all age divisions. He is currently a junior at the University of San Diego where the political science major also plans to pursue a career focused on research and development for medical devices in diabetic healthcare industry. He recently received the distinction of First Honors from the College of Arts and Sciences at USD for second semester.

2018 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards Regional Winners

Shrea Chari of San Diego, Calif.

Haley Gaines of Martin, Ga.

Amy Laurie of Washington, Mich.

Vesko Lekovic of Houston, Texas

Megan Pruttis of Chinook, Mont.

Jack Reimondo of Crawfordsville, Ind.

Campbell Schulke of Walla Walla, Wash.

and Margaret Stanley of Lumberton, N.C.


Past National Winners

2017 - Connor Genschaw and Jenna Vroman

2016 - Casey Zhong and Izabella Edin

2015 - Charles Harris and Isabella Shelton

2014 - Zoe Monge and Caden Moortgat

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