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Mo’ne Davis to Headline Friends of Baseball Events in Portland

Thursday, November 20, 2014

 

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Mo'ne Davis, from "I Throw Like a Girl," directed by Spike Lee.

Mo'ne Davis, who pitched her team to a shutout win in the Little League World Series this summer and took the country by storm, is coming to Portland February 7-8. She will be hosted by local non-profit Friends of Baseball. 

The pitcher, who was the first Little League player to earn a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated was also featured in a Spike Lee-directed Chevrolet commercial during the World Series, and threw out a perfect strike first pitch before Game 4 of the World Series. She was named one of Time's "Most Influential Teens" and will be releasing a memoir of her experiences in March 2015, titled "Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name."

The honor student from Philadelphia will be joined in Portland by her Taney Dragons teammate and catcher, Scott Bandura, on the trip to Portland.

Davis, Bandura, and their teammates will kick off next week's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Also accompanying the two players is Steve Bandura, founder of the Anderson Monarchs Baseball Club who will be a key speaker at the 7th Annual Youth Coaches Clinic held at Concordia University. Bandura, who is featured in the Spike Lee-directed documentary short about Davis, has worked since the late 1990s to bring baseball and other sports to inner-city youth in Philadelphia. 

"We were just as mesmerized as the rest of the country by Mo'ne's performance on the field at the Little League World Series, but her composure and the example she sets off the field is an inspiration to girls, boys and adults alike," said Nova Newcomer, Executive Director of Friends of Baseball. "Her visit with Scott and Steve allows us to bring attention to the important role that baseball and softball play in the lives of youth here in Portland and across the state."

Friends of Baseball will host an evening welcome reception on Saturday, February 7th. Tickets for adults start at $60 with proceeds supporting the organization's investment in youth baseball and softball in Oregon and SW Washington. A limited number of tickets at the $120 level will be offered for a private pre-reception.

Tickets to the event can be secured by purchasing a membership in Friends of Baseball's Diamond Dreams programs which provides scholarships for underserved children to play ball. Friends of Baseball tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Banner image from CBS Houston

 

 

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