In women’s soccer there are and have been many excellent athletes. One of these athletes is the great and good hearted Mia Hamm, the retired American soccer player who will be ambassador at the 2011 Women’s World cup in Germany, as Steffi Jones, the president of the organizing committee declared.
Mia Hamm was born in Alabama – her real name is Mariel Margaret Hamm, played as a forward for the United States Women’s national soccer team. Did you know that Mia was chosen by Famous Soccer Brazilian Legend Pelé in the FIFA 100 as one of the 125 most famous people in Soccer?
She retired in 2004, after the Athens Olympics but she still got involved in women’s soccer at often as she can, one proof of this is by being the author of Go for the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life (the books tell about the secrets of her extraordinary rise from shy league player to the dynamic athlete). She appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.
Mia had also written a children’s book names “Winner Never Quit”, published in 2004, but don´t be mistaken by the title, the book teaches that is not important if you are a winner or a loser, but being a team player.
Mia established the Mia Hamm Foundation after her brother Garrett Hamm was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, (a very strange and not common blood disease) and die on 1997; The foundation mission is raising funds and awareness for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants and continuing the growth in opportunities for young women in sports.
Mia is now married to Nomar Garciaparra (former Boston Red Sox shortstop) in 2003, and four years later they welcomed twin girls, Ava Caroline and Grace Isabella. Her family was the reason for her retirement by that time the twins hadn´t been born yet.
For her amazing achievements and kindness Mia was selected as an Ambassador, where she cited:
“I’m convinced that the tournament will set new benchmarks and that women’s football in general will benefit from it greatly. I experienced the 2006 World Cup in Germany as a fan, and now as an ambassador I’ll be doing my best to ensure we enjoy a similarly successful tournament in 2011. It’s really special to be involved in such a fantastic event.
“I’m expecting the stadiums to be packed because staging the women’s World Cup in the wonderful German arenas will be a great experience for both traditional football fans and families alike.”
Who would guess that a girl born with a club foot, who wore for many years orthopedic shoes and went through painful therapy, will become the Soccer star Mia is today.