13-year-old Mo’ne Davis, the extraordinary pitcher who last summer illustrated for the world that no matter age, gender or race, everyone has the ability to make an impact and inspire, has been named the 2014 Sports Illustrated Kids Sports Kid Of The Year.
“Mo’ne’s achievements rank among the finest by any athlete at any level this year,” said Sports Illustrated Kids managing editor Mark Bechtel. “She reminded us all-adults included-that there are no limits to what we can accomplish.”
Davis epitomizes grace, determination and poise as a unique athlete dominating on the baseball field and in the classroom. The honor roll student has helped her school sports teams capture 13 titles in basketball, soccer and baseball.
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This summer, as a member of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons Little League team, Mo’ne became only the fourth female ever to play in the Little League World Series (LLWS), the first female pitcher to win a LLWS game in its 75 year history and the first female to pitch a shutout during the LLWS.
A fitting tribute, Davis’ jersey will be displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Notably, Davis was also the first Little Leaguer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated (August 25, 2014).
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Davis will also be honored during the annual Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony scheduled for December 9 in New York City.
The annual Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year honor was introduced in 2007 to recognize outstanding young athletes who excel on the field, in the classroom and in service to his/her community.
Sports Illustrated Kids is a sports magazine written for kids ages 8 and up.