“You knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere,” Michelle Obama said Monday in a tweet to Mo’ne Davis (pictured) after Sports Illustrated Kids named the Little League pitching sensation its Sports Kid of the Year, ESPN reports.
She sure did! The 13-year-old Philadelphia honor roll student attracted widespread attention after she led the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, Tenn., in August. She is the first girl to win a Little League World Series game.
“Sports Illustrated Kids says Davis shows that everyone has the ability to make an impact and inspire no matter age, gender or race,” ESPN writes.
Since then she has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, landed a book deal, starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial and has her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Mo’ne is the ninth person honored as Sports Kid of the Year since 2007. Two brothers shared the award in 2012, the news outlet reports.