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Go on, hurl all your “throw like a girl” insults. We’ll gladly take them.

Thanks to Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old breakout star at the 2014 Little League Series with a 70-mph fastball, girls and boys everywhere are challenging gender norms while fearlessly following their dreams. But Mo’ne can add more than inspirational figure to her resume.

Mo’ne was just named Sports Illustrated Kids‘ 2014 “Sports Kid Of The Year” for her role in helping Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons make it to the tournament. She is the first girl in the 75-year history of the event to pitch a shutout and was the 18th girl to compete in the LLWS and one of two this year.

But her fastball isn’t all she’s known for — Mo’ne wins big in the classroom too.

Mo’ne displays similar brainpower in the classroom. As a second grader, she enrolled in Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, one of the elite private schools in Philadelphia, where she scored high on her entrance exam. She has been an honor roll student ever since. Last year, she received the Seventh Grade Advisors’ Award given to the student who “has a great work ethic, calm determination, and great tenacity in everything she does [and] inspires others to do their best work.”

Talk about a real role model! We congratulate Mo’ne and wish her the best. Check out her Sports Illustrated story here.

SOURCE: Sports Illustrated | PHOTO CREDIT: Sports Illustrated

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