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SPEECH TITLES AND/OR TOPICS
- Women in Sports
- The Mia Hamm Foundation
Inspiration | Olympics | Sports | Celebrity
Mia Hamm is widely recognized as the world's best all-around women's soccer player. At the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games she proved it by leading her team to Team Gold in front of 80,000 screaming fans in Athens, Georgia. The Games highlighted female athletes like no other time in modern history and Mia Hamm emerged as one of the game's true examples for people of all ages who have a dream and go for it. The 1999 Women's World Cup, where the USA took home the championship in front of 40 million viewers in this country alone, sold over 650,000 tickets, including sellouts at Giants Stadium and the Rose Bowl.
Having played collegiately at UNC and leading her team to four consecutive NCAA championships, Mia Hamm inherited the nickname "Jordan" because of her athletic ability on the field and sportsmanship, determination and commitment off it. Her awards and accomplishments only tell part of the story of this remarkable athlete; she gives much of her precious free time to charitable causes and strives, in anything she does, to promote women's athletics, the sport of soccer, and a feeling of confidence and sense of purpose in young people.
In 1999 Mia founded The Mia Hamm Foundation as a reflection of her life experiences. The foundation is focused on providing support for two important causes: raising funds and awareness for bone marrow transplant patients and continuing the growth in opportunities for young women in sports.
In 1987 Mia Hamm was the youngest player ever to play for our National Team (age 15) and has been a member ever since. Her records in appearances and goals, MVP awards and overall performance put her at the top of the sport. In April of 1999, Nike named the largest building on its corporate campus after Mia. In May of 2004, Mia announced that she would be retiring from soccer after the Olympics.
Some of Mia's awards and accomplishments include:
1991 Youngest player on the World Championship-winning US Team at age 19
1992 All-American and ACC Player of the Year
1993 Leading scorer (six goals) of silver medal winning US Team at the World University Games
1994 Named US Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year; had her UNC number (19) retired
1995 Named US Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year for second consecutive year
1996 Member of the Gold Medal winning US 1996 Olympic team in Atlanta; US Soccer Federation Female Athlete of the Year, Third consecutive year; nominee, U.S. Olympic Committee's SportsWoman of the Year; #30 on USA Today's List of 96 Greatest Sports Moments
1997 Named to People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list; number 14 on Soccer Business International's Most Influential People in Soccer; one of Esquire Magazine's 100 Best People in the World US Olympic Committee's SportsWoman of the Year
1998 Winner, ESPN's Espy award for Female Athlete of the Year; member of Gold-Medal winning team at the Goodwill Games in New York City; first US player to score 100 goals in her career; named US Soccer Player of the Year, 5th consecutive year
1999 Became the world's leading goal scorer in international competition; formed The Mia Hamm Foundation; led USA to World Championship at Women's World Cup; winner, ESPN's Espy award for Female Athlete of the Year and Soccer Player of the Year
Mia Hamm is the author of two books. Her book Winners Never Quit! is a child's book telling the story of a young soccer player named Mia who quits the game when things don''t go her way. Ultimately she realizes that it''s not about winning, but rather about just being in the game. "Mia doesn''t disappoint in this book - she proves yet again what a role model she is for all of us."
BOOKS Search For A Book
- Winners Never Quit!
- Go for the Goal: A Champions Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life (2000)
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