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Jan. 2, 2015 — A selection is a major disservice

The Associated Press selected Mo’Ne Davis as its Female Athlete of the Year.

Color me skeptical; were the accomplishments of female participants in every single athletic endeavor so insignificant that a 12-year-old pitcher for the Taney Dragons in Philadelphia is selected as the single greatest achiever of all?

I can think of a number of women athletes who had better years than Davis.

And two of them could very well be field hockey’s Austyn Cuneo and lacrosse’s Corinne Wessels, but let’s look at the pros for even stronger candidates.

There’s Lauren Holliday, who helped hold together the United States women’s soccer team’s midfield after a stumbling start to the Tom Sermanni coaching era. She was awarded the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year. There was the Spanish golf team of Azahara Munoz, Beatriz Recari, Carlota Ciganda, and Belen Mozo, who won the International Crown, the team competition that took place this past summer.

There was Michelle Wie, who won her first pro golf major by taking the U.S. Open, finally realizing the potential that she showed when she was a mere teenager. There was Serena Williams, who won her sixth U.S. Open tennis title and 18th overall Grand Slam title.

There was Shoni Schimmel, who lit up the WNBA All-Star Game with 29 points and became an enormous draw on the road for Native Americans.

Oh, and there was that little matter of the U.S. women’s basketball team, that won the World Cup thanks in large part to the play of MVP Maya Moore.

So, why shoudn’t Mo’Ne Davis be the AP Female Athlete of the Year?

I think it’s because the people voting on the award have such a poor perspective on women’s sports to begin with. Given the fact that women’s sports occupy an even smaller part of coverage (both in print and on TV) than 10 years ago, I’m not surprised.

Who would your Founder have picked? It’s a no-brainer: Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA, who retired as the fourth-leading scorer in league history, then became an assistant coach with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.


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