Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mo'ne Davis Leads List of Other Honorees

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mo'ne Davis Leads List of Other Honorees

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Little League World Series phenom Mo'ne Davis is receiving a special honor the Musial Award for Extraordinary Character. Playing for her team from Philadelphia, the 13-year-old Davis pitched a two- hit shutout against Tennessee during the event in Williamsport, Va.

She became the first girl to win a Little League World Series game and she became a national cover story. During it all, she credited her teammates and showed remarkable maturity in handling the media coverage and attention generated by her feat.

And there's much more where that came from. Other honorees include:

* Cori Hampton

For the past decade, the St. Louisan has selflessly volunteered at the Mike Bush Fantasy Baseball Camp for the Hearing Impaired. Hampton often takes multiple vacation days from work to help and has become the camp director. She has helped numerous deaf and hearing- impaired kids enjoy a game they might otherwise never play.

* James Hawkins

The Wentzville High football coach demonstrated extraordinary compassion by appointing 13-year-old Nathan Laws to an assistant coaching position with the Wildcats. Nathan, who loved playing football, was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a rare disorder. The coaching opportunity has given him a spirit and motivation to keep fighting.

* Josh Zuchowski

One of the top young swimmers in the country, Zuchowski took first place at a South Florida swim meet in December. He then sent the trophy to his swimming rival, Reese Branzell, who missed the meet after being hospitalized with a bone infection. In his note to Branzell, Zuchowski wrote: "I would rather get second with you at the meet than win with you absent. I won this trophy for you today."

* Malik Stewart

Stewart lost to Mitchell McKee in the finals of the Minnesota high school wrestling championship. But instead of wallowing in defeat, Stewart shook hands with McKee. He then ran over to McKee's dad, who is fighting terminal cancer, embraced him and told him to stay strong. …

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