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Four years after becoming the first girl to win a Little League World Series game as a pitcher, Mo’ne Davis (now a high school senior) has decided to take her talents to an HBCU (Historically Black College and University). The 17-year-old has committed to playing softball at Hampton University.
“The campus is beautiful,” Davis, who is also the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, told The Undefeated in an interview. “The girls on the team are amazing. The coaches are amazing. It just kind of felt like home, which is what you look for in a school. Everything felt right. Since I’m spending my next four years there, I have to be comfortable.”
Davis wants to attend an HBCU because she said “it’s going to be a change from the schools I’ve been going to.”
She added: “The school I go to now is a predominantly white school. To go to an HBCU, it gives me both sides, experience of being with girls of color (after going to school) with white girls, it gives that balance. I just think it gives me that perfect fit. All of my friends who go to an HBCU love it and they said that I would love it, too.”
— Hampton Athletics (@HUAthletics1868) December 19, 2018
On Tuesday, Davis signed a national letter of intent with Hampton. Choosing the school for its communications program, her other options included Southern University, Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Although she made history with a 70-plus mph fastball, Davis will be playing middle infielder when she joins the team next fall. No matter what position she plays, we know Mo’ne Davis will continue to blaze her own trail on and off the field.