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Mo’ne Davis is the 2014 Sports Illustrated Kids’ Sportskid of the Year

The story of her historic performance echoes worldwide and shows how one athlete can inspire countless kids and adults to dream big

Dec 1, 2014

NEW YORK, December 1, 2014 – 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis, the extraordinary pitcher who last summer illustrated to the world that no matter age, gender or race everyone has the ability to make an impact and influence thousands has been named the 2014 SI Kids, SportsKid of the Year (www.sikids.com/skoty). The announcement of her selection was made earlier today via Twitter by Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States who tweeted:

 

“Congrats to @MoneDavis11 on becoming the @SIKids’ 2014 #SportsKid of the Year! You knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere. –mo”

 

“Mo’ne’s achievements rank among the finest by any athlete at any level this year,” said SI 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 thirteen titles in basketball, soccer and baseball. She became a household name this summer as a member of the Philadelphia Taney Dragons, becoming only the fourth girl in history to play in the Little League World Series, the first girl in seventy-five years to win a game at the Little League World Series and the first girl to pitch a shutout at World Series. 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 League to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated (August 25, 2014). 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 SI Kids SPORTSKIDS OF THE YEAR honor was introduced in 2007 to recognize young athletes who excel on the field, in the classroom and in service to his/her community. Past SportsKid of the Year honorees include:

 

 

 

In 2013, Jack Wellman, a 14-year-old from Newtown, CT. A three-sport star who was sidelined with a neck injury, Wellman uplifted the entire town of Newton with his volunteer coaching of the local youth wresting team.

In 2012, brothers Conner Green and Cayden Long of White House, TN. The elder Connor competes in youth triathlons side-by-side with his brother Cayden, who was stricken by severe cerebral palsy. Connor literally pushes Cayden in a stroller during the run portion, pulls Cayden in a raft in the swim, and pulls him in a trailer during the bike race.

In 2011, 14-year-old Noah Flegel from Lighthouse Point, FL. Flegel won the World Wakeboard Association’s World Championship. Noah was equally impressive in the classroom and gave back to his community by organizing and cooking meals for the homeless.

In 2010, 12-year-old Jessica Aney from Rochester, MN became the first girl to receive the honor. A two-sport athlete, with a perfect academic record, Jessica was one of the top ranked tennis players nationally in her age group and excelled at an elite level in ice hockey.

In 2009, 10-year-old Austin McCarthy from Ludington, MI. McCarthy acquired 430 points with 63 hat tricks in only three years of playing. Off the ice, Austin was very involved in the community, working at a number of fundraising events to help raise money for his local hockey association and to help boost interest in hockey for other local children.

In 2008, Derek Andrews, a five-sport athlete from Buffalo, NY, who despite suffering from an unknown muscle disorder, inspired the entire city through his participation in baseball, hockey, soccer, swimming and gymnastics.

In 2007, Arizona-native Brock Heffron became the International Cycling Union (UCI) World Champion and the USA Cycling Champion in his age class. Away from the track Brock was a straight-A student and played on local football and baseball teams.

 

 

About the Sports Illustrated Group’s SI Kids Franchise

 

Sports Illustrated Kids, the first sports magazine written for kids ages 8 and up, connects with its readers through their passion for sports. The magazine offers kids the access to athletes and sports information that they want with in-depth reporting, action photography, first-person athlete accounts and other features. The magazine, books, and web site sikids.com, promote positive values, good sportsmanship and the fun of reading.

 

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