Maybe it’s just that I have a soft spot for underdog stories, maybe it’s just that I’m from Philadephia, but there’s something about just hearing the name Mo'ne Davis that makes me want to stand up and cheer. She pitched her way to victory—and into our hearts—at the Little League World Series last year, and since then, she’s been unstoppable: the youngest athlete to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, appearances on Jimmy Fallon and the 2015 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and her own recently-announced Disney Channel Original Movie.
So, it’s no surprise that her latest announcement is equally inspiring: She’s teaming up with social justice footwear company M4D3 (Make a Difference Everyday) to launch a line of sneakers for charity. The proceeds benefit Because I Am A Girl, a global initiative designed to lift girls in developing countries out of poverty and combat worldwide gender inequality.
The stitching is designed to look like the topstitch of a baseball and are currently available in three colors: blue, white + blue, and black + pink, with an embroidered tag on each heel that reads “Throw Like A Girl.” YESSSSSS. Unfortunately, they’re still only available for pre-sale, but at $75 to benefit charity, it might just be worth the wait—especially considering that even before you can click “purchase,” you read a taste of their mission statement as a reminder of what’s really important: “Because I am a girl, I am capable. I am brave. I am born to inspire others and I am a blessing to the world.”
"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. If I can inspire them to reach their goals, that would be even cooler," says Davis in a press release. "Designing shoes with M4D3 is exciting, and to know they'll help girls in need around the world is a great feeling!"
So, if you’ve been missing something in your life since cheering on Mo'ne and the Taney Dragons to victory, check out these shoes, and the worthwhile charities they support. And then, you know what? While you're at it, go order her new memoir, Remember My Name, which is just now hitting shelves, though, TBH there's no way we could ever forget your name, Mo'ne.