Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mo'ne Davis being in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game just doesn't sit right with me

I have to admit, I was quite impressed by the basketball skills of the 14-year-old Little League Baseball sensation.  Talent-wise, it was clear Mo'ne Davis could hold her own in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game even before she pulled off this ridiculous move:

But this exhibition isn't about basketball skill, it's about celebrities (here's the list of participants).  There's something that just feels icky to me to put this child out there on the floor with a bunch of adults.  The text of the above tweet sums it up perfectly.  Why is this happening?

Maybe she'll grow up to be a superstar athlete and dominate the WNBA (or something else?).  But maybe she won't, and statistically speaking odds are the latter is probably more likely.  Making a kid famous for her athletic prowess that may or may not last when she becomes an adult feels like it can do a lot more harm than good.

I hope I'm wrong, but I'm very curious to check back in on Mo'ne Davis 10 years from now.

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