By Molly Lauryssens
It’s good to be armed with a 70-mph fastball and a sick knuckleball! Just ask baseball pitcher Mo’ne Davis, who made history with a precious arm and her cool demeanor in the 2014 Little League World Series (LLWS).
1. Mo’ne Davis plays with the boys. At 13 years of age, this fab phenom became the first female in the 68-year history of the LLWS to throw a complete game shutout…and the first African-American girl to participate on an all-boys league! Inspired by Mo’ne Davis, more girls are flocking to join Little League….
2. Mo’ne Davis is a triple threat. Now 14, her exemplary play and enthusiastic interviews have catapulted this well-rounded athlete—she also has mad skills in basketball and soccer!—to a whole new level. It’s reported that the Harlem Globetrotters exhibition team has signed Mo’ne Davis to play with them after she graduates college.
3. Mo’ne Davis does firsts. The Philadelphia native, who played for the Taney Dragons, was the first-ever Little Leaguer to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Mo’ne Davis was featured in an August 2014 issue. The same photo appears on the cover of her book, published by HarperCollins and titled Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name.
4. Mo’ne Davis isn’t your typical cover girl. It was a double-header for Mo’ne Davis, when she was also named 2014 Sports Kid of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids. Michelle Obama broke the news…on Twitter. “You knocked it out of the parks for girls everywhere,” the first lady tweeted.
5. Mo’ne Davis takes titles, not labels. Associated Press named Mo’ne Davis Athlete of the Year—youngest person ever!—and she also made it onto the coveted list, Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014.
6. Mo’ne Davis isn’t camera shy. She got to be in a mini-documentary—OK, it’s a really long Chevrolet commercial, but it was directed by legendary filmmaker Spike Lee and it is worth watching to learn more about her. Mo’ne Davis shows what it means to “throw like a girl.”
7. Mo’ne Davis killed it on the talk-show circuit. She went one on one with the likes of TV hosts Steve Harvey and Queen Latifah, but the highlight was when she pitched against comic Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s The Tonight Show. Strike!
8. Mo’ne Davis handles her media-darling status with finesse. With all of the attention she’s gotten, Mo’ne Davis keeps her head on straight. This is most apparent in her interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm.
9. Mo’ne Davis believes in dreams-come-true. Disney Channel is producing and airing Throw Like Mo, a biographical movie about her life. Mo’ne Davis is consulting on the original made-for-TV movie, which will air sometime next year.
“There are so many great things happening to me right now. I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true.” —Mo’ne Davis
10. Mo’ne Davis has the cutest kicks. Mo’ne Davis teamed up with M4D3 to design her own line of cool sneakers. Through 2016, 15 percent of all sales go to Plan International USA’s Because I Am a Girl initiative, a movement to lift four million girls worldwide out of poverty. Check out her styles at m4d3shoes.com.
Because I am a girl, I am born to nurture. I am born to love. I am instinctual and perfectly in tune with nature. I am born to achieve. I am capable. I am brave. I am born to inspire others and I am a blessing to the world. —m4d3shoes.com