Mo'ne Davis: Being a Girl in Male-Dominated Sports Is "Pretty Crazy"

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The 13-year-old was honored last night at Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" ceremony last night.

Mo'ne Davis has had a busy four months.

In August, the 13-year-old baseball player broke records when she became the first girl to throw not one, but two shutouts in the Little League World Series, helping her team win the title. She was then the first Little Leaguer to land a Sports Illustrated cover and was recently named Sports Illustrated Kids' SportsKid of the Year. She helped kick off the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and last night, she was honored at Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year ceremony. Whew.

"My life has changed a lot in the past couple of months," Davis said. "I get to meet all my idols and everyone I've looked up to since I was younger."

Davis, who was accepting her SportsKid of the Year award, was joined by basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson and San Francisco Giants Pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who were also being honored at the ceremony last night in New York City.

However, being a girl in a male sports world does not deter the rising star.

"It's pretty crazy because you never see women in male sports," she said. "Just for me to be the starter of it is great."

And her momentum won't stop. The eight-grader was recently named to a high school varsity basketball team, reports USA TODAY. She's also working on a memoir, which is set to drop next March.

"I just want to enjoy everything that's coming my way and all of the exciting moments that I'm going to be doing," she said.

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