Isabella “Bella” DiGiovanni is a model student-athlete who has everything an 18-year old high school student-student athlete would want.
She’s played in the AIA’s 4A conference state championship game for Chandler Seton Catholic in all four of her high school years, and won three including, the Lancers’ repeat title on March 20.
She is committed to play for Ivy League school Dartmouth next fall.
But her greatest challenge involves her work to help women facing poverty in developing nations.
The DiGiovanni family has traveled to Eastern Europe and Asia, including a stop in New Delhi, India. Isabella counted her blessings having an upper middle class status in America compared to the relative poverty she saw in India.
“What I saw in India when I went, with all that poverty, pollution and unsanitary conditions that they live in there is just miles away from what we experience here in America,” DiGiovanni said. “The women who work there work in awful conditions and they don’t really get any further opportunities besides that manual labor.”
To DiGiovanni, witnessing those hardships pushed her to help make a change.
She partnered with her best friend and Phoenix Brophy Prep senior Connor Nannen to launch a tote bag company Sand Custom Designs.
The brand’s mission is to sell imported cotton canvas tote bags and donate a portion of the proceeds from to schools in India to support young females’ education costs.
It was a natural progression in the…