Professional athletes with sneaker lines, take note. Mo’Ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a Little League World Series game, is doing it better than you and for a worthy cause. The baseball phenom has partnered with M4D3 (Make a Difference Everyday) and Because I Am a Girl to release a Mo’ne-designed sneaker.
The sneakers are modestly priced at $75 and are designed to replicate the stitching on a baseball. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the sneakers will support Plan International’s Because I Am a Girl initiative, which helps girls living in poverty in developing countries.
“I never thought at the age of 13 I’d be a role model, but having young girls look up to me is pretty cool,” Mo’Ne said in a news release. “If I can inspire them to reach their goals, that would be even cooler. Designing shoes with M4D3 is exciting, and I wanted them to support Because I Am a Girl to help girls and give them a chance at a better future.”
At a mere 13 years old, Mo’ne has again proved to be a role model for people of all ages. Imagine if professional athletes with clothing and sneaker lines did something similar. I can only wonder how many people could be fed off the sales of a Kanye West or Air Jordan sneaker.
“We are creating a shoe that we know Mo’ne fans will love and be proud of, and that will ‘make a difference every day,’” M4D3 spokeswoman Lisa Zbitnew said. “Together with Mo’ne, we are designing a shoe that represents who she is: contemporary, spirited and athletic, but at the same time being very caring towards other girls and young women that are vulnerable around the world.”
What’s up next for Mo’ne? When she’s not shooting hoops with the Harlem Globetrotters, she’s preparing for the release of her memoir this month. Somehow, my life feels so inadequate.