At only 15 years old, Mia Hamm took on women’s soccer by storm becoming the youngest women’s soccer player to compete with United States National Women’s Soccer Team. Mia went on to compete for UNC Chapel Hill and won four NCAA soccer championships. She then became one of the founding members of the Washington Freedom, a women’s professional soccer club based of Washington D.C..
Along with numerous gold and silver medals, Mia Hamm is the third most game appearances for a female soccer player in soccer history. She holds the standing record for most career assists among the U.S. National team with 144, and until 2013, when teammate Abby Wambach broke the record, Mia held the title for most international goals for both men and women players.
One of the best athletes to ever take the field, Mia has also become a great philanthropist. Just before the 1996 Olympics, her brother, Garret’s condition with bone marrow disease worsened. "I was there with him when his doctor came out ... saying, with tears in his eyes, 'There's nothing else I can do,' " Hamm said. "I'll never forget that day, where my brother's life is being turned upside down." Shortly after, Garret passed away from complications related to aplastic anemia. "I learned so much through him -- about perseverance, about grace, about dignity," Hamm said. In 1999, still amidst her professional career, Mia started the Mia Hamm Foundation, in honor of her brother Garret. Mia Hamm is a huge role model to many young girls and professional athletes because of her humble beginnings and service to others through dedication to her sport. She now dedicates her life to help others with this bone marrow disease.
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