Little League World Series sensation Mo’ne Davis is off to college in 2019, taking her star power to Hampton University, where she’ll be playing softball for the Pirates and studying communications.
The Philadelphia native became the face of the Little League World Series in 2014, at the tender age of 13, as the first girl to win a LLWS game as a pitcher, and the first girl to throw a shutout behind her 70mph fastball, the Daily News reports.
She was also the first little league player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, starred in a car commercial directed by Spike Lee, threw out the first pitch before a 2014 World Series game, and won and ESPY for Best Breakthrough in 2015.
In her memoir, Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer, she wrote about her mother’s dismay at her joining an all-boys sports team. “I proved to her (and to me) that I could do anything I set my mind to,” she said at that time. “I’m just a girl that likes to play sports and I’m excited to share my story with everyone. I hope it encourages people to take a chance and play the sports they want to play and not just the ones people expect them to play.”
Davis went on to shine at three sports at her high school, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, where she excelled at basketball and soccer as well as softball. She’ll get to make the most of that hybrid skills set at Hampton, A historically black private college in Virginia, where softball coach Angela Nicholson aims to use her as a middle infielder.
“As you could imagine, she has great hands and a great transfer,” Nicholson told the Daily Press. “Hitting-wise, she already has a nice lift on her ball and understands the concept of gap-to-gap. She has great mechanics and she’s fast. She’s very athletic.”