Mo’Ne Davis, a 13 year old girl—the “most talked about baseball player on earth right now” according to many observers in the sports world—has made news headlines recently because of her distinction in Little League baseball. She plays baseball for the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, PA and is the only girl on her team. This summer, Mo’Ne Davis became the first girl to ever pitch a shutout in the Little League World series. She is the first American girl to play in the Little League World Series since 2004 and is only the eighteenth girl to have played in the sixty-eight year history of the Little League World Series. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the most prominent sports magazine. She also plays basketball and her dream is to become a basketball player at the University of Connecticut.
This elementary lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about Mo’Ne Davis and, at the same time, explore gender stereotypes about sports and in other areas of their lives.