Baseball role model Mo'ne Davis inspires Mount Laurel students

The sports star visited Countryside Elementary School.

Justin Udo
June 11, 2018 - 5:41 pm
Phillies RBI pitcher Mo'ne Davis (11) delivers to the plate in the fifth inning during regional play the 2017 RBI World Series at Great American Ball Park.

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MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — At 12 years old, Mo'ne Davis took the country by storm as the first girl to pitch a shutout and earn a win in the Little League World Series.

I'm just so happy I got into sports," she said. "It gave me a new perspective on life."

Since then, the young woman from South Philadelphia has written a book, released a line of shoes and even appeared on the cover of Sports illustrated.

Those achievements have led to her being an inspiration to fans of all ages.

Fourth-graders at Countryside Elementary School in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, were so inspired by what Davis has done that many of them wrote to her in March for Women's History Month.

Touched by the letters and questions, the now 16-year-old four-sport athlete decided to pay the kids a visit.

"I used to play softball," said fourth-grader Shaye at Countryside Elementary School, "and hearing that she likes to play it to — I just want to go and play it again."

"It's kind of crazy at my age kids would look up to me because I'm still so young," said Davis.

Davis spent about an hour talking and taking questions from the kids, a small gesture that teachers believe will have a big impact on their future.

Teacher Tina Gentile said it's important to her that her students realize they can make a difference in the world at whatever age they are.

"Mo'ne is a great example of how you can be living history right now," added. "They found someone that had an interest that they shared and that they were inspired by, and they asked them questions like, 'How do you move forward? How do you find your inspiration? How do make a difference in the world?' "