Mo’ne Davis was the guest of honor at this year’s Up2Us Sports’ Celebration of Change Through Sports event at the IAC Building in New York City. The event was held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.


Celebration of Change is a movement that seeks to positively impact communities as well as shed light on young athletes who are making a difference in the nation. The program also honors coaches who serve as mentors to these young stars. This year, Up2Us Sports hired eight veteran coaches to serve as role models to hundreds of underprivileged kids throughout the country in need of mentoring. To date, Up2Us Sports has helped more than 275,000 children thrive.

Mo’ne and her coach, Steve Bandura, were recognized at the organization’s formal ceremony on Wednesday for their hard work and dedication. Davis earned much attention after becoming the first African American girl to appear in the Little League World Series a few years ago. The teen has since gone on to make the cover of Sports Illustrated and launch her own shoe collection with her coach by her side.

Davis made a phenomenal speech at the Celebration of Change ceremony that further inspired youth to strive for success. See more pictures from the event below!

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