HBCU’s have really been winning to close out 2018! From monster attendance numbers for the Celebration Bowl to upticks in HBCU enrollment, we’re entering 2019 with a full head of steam. Now, we have another counterpunch for the ignorant irritants that try to insinuate that HBCU’s aren’t relevant in the 21st century! For years we’ve preached that top athletes should attend black institutions and bring these programs to national heights with their talents. Just this summer Kayvon Thibobdeaux, the nation’s top football recruit, added FAMU as one of his recruiting stops and made national headlines. That was great but we have an even better one now! Superstar little league world series winner Mo’Ne Davis has just committed to Hampton University!
If you don’t remember Mo’Ne, she was the baller that was pitching baseball’s faster than the speed limit! She pitched a 70-mile fast ball in the Little League World Series and girl to toss a shutout in Little League post-season history. The story gets better! Not only did she choose Hampton University, she also had other HBCU’s on her list. She chose the Pirates over Bethune-Cookman University, Southern University and Coppin State University! She even chose an HBCU over the University of Massachusetts and the University of Pennsylvania.
According to her parents Lakeisha and Mark Williams the communications department won her over. She wants to be a mass communications major! Can this story get any better? Well, it actually can! She’s a three sport athlete, excelling in basketball, baseball and softball! The possibilities of how this could help the Hampton Pirates athletic program is endless! I’m excited just thinking about it and she doesn’t even enroll until Fall of 2019!
This sets a tremendous precedent that I hope other young athletes follow. We might be seeing the shift in the narrative about HBCU’s. If more Mo’Ne’s and Kayvon’s considered HBCU’s and actually enrolled, we could generate the billions of dollars of revenue that predominantly white Division I schools bring in! Plus, the media attention would be endless. We can only dream but maybe, in 2019, our dreams will start to become a reality.
Mo’ne Davis to attend Hampton University, The Philadelphia Tribune