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Letter: Prominence for female athletes

Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher in Little

Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher in Little League World Series history to pitch a complete-game shutout gestures before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Kyle Terada, Pool) Credit: AP / Kyle Terada

Are we ever going to stop shouting stereotype, discrimination or racist right away when somebody makes a statement or observation? I shook my head in confusion when I read "Tuning out stereotype," about Little League pitcher Mo'ne Davis [Sports, Nov. 2].

There have been hundreds of Mo'ne Davises playing Little League for decades. Where have the media and sponsors been? All the years that girls' and women's sports were not covered or supported set the stage for this so-called stereotyping.

Had sports fans around the world been exposed to the same coverage and sponsorship that govern boys' and men's sports, no one would say anyone runs, throws or plays golf "like a girl."

I'm the father of a very athletic daughter who could run circles around most boys in almost every sport. Our family has never uttered the words "like a girl," because we see what she and the girls on her teams are capable of.

Tony Antonelli, Islip