Leading women's soccer player & Olympic gold-medalist Mia Hamm is recognized as the world's best all-around women's soccer player and one of the most popular female athletes in history. The all-time leading international scorer, for men and women, Hamm led the Olympic team to a gold medal in 1996 and a silver medal in 2000. In 1991, she was the youngest player on the World Championship team, and in 1999, she led the team to another World Cup win. Hamm also helped form the Women's United Soccer Association, now Women’s Professional Soccer. The Washington Freedom team induced her into its “Hall of Freedom” in 2009. Admired for her athletic ability, sportsmanship, determination and commitment, she has been named one of People magazines "50 Most Beautiful People."
Off of the field, Hamm devotes much of her time to bone marrow disease fundraising and awareness. In 1997, Hamm's brother Garret passed away from complications related to aplastic anemia. Turning her loss into a positive force, she formed the Mia Hamm Foundation to raise funds and awareness for bone marrow disease research. Through the foundation, she also aims to further the development of programs and initiatives for young women in sports.
At the lecture podium, Hamm shares her own story of achieving personal excellence. Poised, articulate and honest, she is a pioneer in her sport and a role model for athletes and fans alike. As one of the most sought-after spokeswomen in sports, her talk will chronicle her ability to single-handedly change the face of women's athletics both on and off the field.
At age 15, Hamm became the youngest player ever to play on the U.S. National Team. At the University of North Carolina, she led her college team to four consecutive NCAA championships, and as a three-time NSCAA All-American, she completed her collegiate career as the ACC's all-time leading scorer in goals (103), assists (72) and points (278).
Hamm has earned many awards and honors. In May 1999, she broke the international scoring record with her 108th goal. She has been named U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year an unprecedented five consecutive times, the U.S. Women's Cup 1995 and 1997 MVP, the 1994 Chiquita Cup MVP, the NCAA's 1993-94 Broderick Award Winner for all female college sports, and the 1997 Women's Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year. She is a two-time Missouri Athletic Club and Hermann Award Winner and a two-time recipient of ESPN’s ESPY Award for Female Athlete of the Year. In 2001, she became the only female player ever to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year. To further honor her achievements, Nike named the largest building on its corporate campus after Hamm.
Hamm is also the author of “Go for the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life.” It details an inspiration account of her own efforts to become a champion and a step-by-step guide to achieving success on the field.
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