Mo’Ne Davis continues to light up the sports industry. Most recently she was awarded SportsKid of the year by Sports Illustrated, honored at a ceremony alongside star athletes Magic Johnson and Madison Bumgarner.
The 13-year old expressed her gratitude and excitement for the path her life has suddenly taken. She said,I just want to enjoy everything that’s coming my way and all of the exciting moments that I’m going to be doing.” And rightfully so. Since breaking records as the first girl to throw two shutouts this August, the little leaguer has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, had her jersey hung in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and even starred in a commercial directed by Spike Lee.
So what’s next?
Mo’Ne has been recently named to a high school varsity basketball team, putting her right where she needs to be to accomplish her goal of one day playing for the WNBA. The eighth-grader has also been working on a memoir that is expected to hit shelves this spring.
“My life has changed a lot in the past couple of months,” Mo’Ne admits. She now gets to meet all of her idols, but most importantly she gets to become one herself. The star athlete added, “It’s pretty crazy because you never see women in male sports. Just for me to be the starter of it is great.”
First Lady Michelle Obama shared her praise on Twitter, posting: “Congrats to @MoneDavis11… You knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere.”
Sports Illustrated Kids stated that Mo’Ne proves that you can make an impact and be an inspiration no matter age, gender, or race.