Mo’ne Davis has been named this year’s SportsKid of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids.
“Congrats to Mo’ne Davis on becoming SI Kids’ 2014 SportsKid of the Year!” First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted this morning. “You knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere.”
The thirteen-year-old gained national fame this summer when she helped lead Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons to the Little League World Series.
Mo’ne, now a 13-year-old with a wicked 70-mph fastball, became the most talked about pitcher this summer (move over, Clayton Kershaw) when she threw two shutouts in August. The first one advanced the Philadelphia Taney Dragons all-star team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The second one propelled her into the history books, as Mo’ne became the first girl in the 75-year history of the LLWS to pitch a shutout in the tournament. The 5’ 4″ flamethrower did more than just play a boy’s game. She dominated it, showing the nation that a girl can throw heat, too. She also inspired countless kids to dream big. That is why Mo’ne Davis is the 2014 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year(SI Kids).
Mo’ne has since appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, has starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial and has her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
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