The class of 2014 was rich in talent and personality — the nominees included aspiring Olympians, record breakers, and community activists. But in the end, one 13-year-old with a wicked 70-mph fastball stood out from the rest.
"Congrats to Mo'ne Davis on becoming SI Kids' 2014 SportsKid of the Year!" First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted. "You knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere."
Mo’ne became the most talked about pitcher this summer when she threw two shutouts in August. The first one advanced the Philadelphia Taney Dragons all-star team to the Little League World Series. The second one propelled her into the history books, as Mo’ne became the first girl in the 75-year history of the Little League World Series to pitch a shutout in the tournament. Off the field, Mo’ne also excels in the classroom. She has been on the honor roll since she was in the second grade, and last year she received an award given to the student who “has great tenacity in everything she does and inspires others to do their best work.”
When Mo’ne pitched the historic shutout at the LLWS, she did more than just play a boys game. She dominated it, showing the nation that a girl can throw heat, too. She also inspired countless kids to dream big. That’s why Mo’ne Davis is the 2014 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year.