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Mo’ne Davis on Women’s Sports, Her Upcoming Biopic, and Her Plans for the Future

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What’s your next big move?

I’m going to keep playing the same sports that I’ve played and not change anything. Sometimes the media take it a different way, and they ask me questions as if I’m older than 14, as if I control all of the events in my life. Some things about the movie, they think I know parts of that. I’m like, “I don’t know anything about that because I’m here [in Philly] most of the time.”

Are there sports that you have absolutely no interest in at all?

Boxing, and — what is it? — MMA. I’m not a big fan of swimming. And nothing that includes running, because I’m not fast and I don’t like to run, unless it has to do with another sport.

Women’s sports are getting a lot more attention lately, but they still lag behind men’s sports in terms of public interest. What’s it like from your perspective?

I know there are a lot of girls doing basketball, so they’re going to have to build more teams so that everyone can play. Women’s basketball is more fun to watch. You don’t usually see a man score 40-plus points in three or more games [like WNBA star Elena Delle Donne]. You don’t see a lot of men doing that, and they don’t give women recognition for it. I mean, they show WNBA games on TV, but not as much. They just started paying attention to the Women’s World Cup, and some people didn’t know what it was until, like, the final game. They have to start showing more women’s sports on TV so that more girls will join.

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