Mo’ne Davis is a young lady who has captured the hearts and minds of many around the country and world with her spirited effort in the Little League World Series. The 13-year old pitcher from South Philadelphia plays for the Dragons of the Taney Youth Baseball Association and led them to victory Friday, striking out eight while pitching a two-hit shutout. The female flamethrower, whose fastball reaches up to 70 miles per hour, recently mentioned some idols in an interview. Among the names were two WNBA stars, Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock, and one NBA star, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
I spoke to Curry, who is on the roster for the United States Men’s Basketball team that will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup later this summer, about how her admiration made the all-star feel. “It makes me feel great. She’s a special individual, what she’s been able to do,” he said.
Curry, who was at West Point, New York, Monday afternoon for a USA Basketball event, continued to talk about Davis, who models her game after that of the talented sharp shooter. “That’s pretty cool. Maybe I’ll check her out on the court,” the baby-faced baller said of her.
The second-generation NBA star continued to talk about the teenage pitching prodigy. “What she’s doing out there on the mound is impressive. Just setting records, breaking barriers, it’s pretty special and for her to kind of know my story, I feel humbled that the next generation looks up and [is] modeling her game, and hopefully her character after me.” During a summer that has become the stuff that movies are made of, the dream journey of Mo’ne Davis continues, inspiring new people at every stop, no matter what sex, race or creed.