Known for breaking down cultural and societal barriers during their iconic 88-year history, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters have recognized Philadelphia native and two-sport female athlete Mo’ne Davis with the team’s Junior Phenom Award, for inspiring a nation during the Little League World Series. Also a dedicated basketball player, Davis became the first female pitcher to win a game at the LLWS.
“Mo’ne proves girls can do anything,” said Globetrotters star TNT Maddox, who became the ninth female Globetrotter when she joined the team three years ago. “As a Temple University alum, I’ve loved following the journey of the Taney Dragons and Mo’ne, who I hear is also a terrific basketball player.
“The way Mo’ne has handled her stardom with sportsmanship and a team-first mentality makes her a role model for girls and boys,” continued Maddox. “She is a ‘Junior Phenom’ in many ways.”
As a Junior Phenom, Davis and her family will receive an invite to meet the team when their 2015 tour stops in Philadelphia in March.
The Globetrotters made history when Olympic Gold Medalist Lynette Woodard joined the team in 1985, becoming the first female to ever play on a men’s pro basketball team. The current Globetrotters’ roster features three female players –Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu.