LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES STAR WILL ACCEPT SPECIAL AWARD RECOGNIZING EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER
ST. LOUIS – Oct. 14, 2014 – The night that celebrates all that is right in sports will recognize one of the brightest sports people and stories of the year. Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to earn a win and pitch a shutout at the Little League World Series, will be honored at the Musial Awards in St. Louis on Nov. 22. The 13-year-old pitcher from Philadelphia is being recognized for the tremendous poise, maturity and overall sportsmanship she displayed during the tournament.
Hosted annually at the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis, the Musial Awards – presented by Maryville University – honor Stan Musial’s legacy by celebrating the greatest moments of sportsmanship from around the country. The event showcases remarkable stories of character, kindness, selflessness and integrity – qualities Musial, one of the all-time greatest baseball players, represented.
Davis will receive the Musial Award for Extraordinary Character – one of two special honors bestowed at the event. She will join Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who is being presented the Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship. Sharing the stage with Davis and Torre will be eight other Musial Award winners who are connected to the year’s most inspiring stories of sportsmanship.
In August, Davis was thrust into the national spotlight as she became a trailblazer with her historic pitching accomplishments. She handled her experience in Williamsport, Pa., and her newfound stardom with remarkable composure and class. Even at age 13, she has become a role model giving kids hope for all that is possible.
Including Davis, only 18 girls have played in the Little League World Series and only five have taken the mound. On Aug. 15, Davis pitched a six-inning shutout in the opening round of the Series. She allowed only two hits while striking out eight in a 4-0 win for her Taney Youth Baseball Little League team.
The Extraordinary Character Award that Davis will receive at the Musial Awards was presented last year to the St. Louis Cardinals. The team was recognized for living up to the standards Stan the Man set in a season dedicated to Musial following his passing in January 2013. Now Davis will be honored for exemplifying the character, excellence and modesty Stan embodied.
MUSIAL AWARDS TICKETS:
Tickets for the Musial Awards are on sale through Ticketmaster. Tickets are $40 (orchestra level seating) and $25 (mezzanine level seating), and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Additional service and handling fees may apply.
In addition to the $40 and $25 tickets, the Musial Awards offers all-inclusive tickets and packages that provide prime seating for the awards show plus access to the pre-show dinner, reserved parking and more. Information can be obtained at www.MusialAwards.com or by calling 314-345-5111.
As part of a special partnership with Southwest Airlines, those purchasing tickets online, by phone or at the box office will receive a $50 gift certificate good for travel on Southwest for each ticket ordered. More details can be found on the Musial Awards website.
Those wishing to support the Musial Awards but unable to attend are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation to the event. As part of a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, donations to the Musial Awards will enable “Bigs” and “Littles” to be in attendance and experience this special evening.
In addition to the live awards show on Nov. 22, the Musial Awards will air as a primetime one-hour television special in December on KSDK-TV NewsChannel 5, St. Louis’ NBC affiliate, with potential syndication in other markets.
The Musial Awards are produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation. This marks the ninth year the event has taken place in St. Louis. The complete list of this year’s award recipients will be announced later this month.
For more information, contact:
The St. Louis Sports Commission