Mia Hamm US Olympian and member of WUSA's Washington Freedom

Mia Hamm

WUSA's Washington Freedom

Mia Hamm has played a very large role in bringing women's soccer to a new playing field. With the inception of the WUSA in 2000, Mia was allocated as one fo the 20 founding players, all of whom were members of the 1999 Women's World Cup Champion U.S. National Team.

Mia is widely recognized as the world's best all-around women's soccer player. In Atlanta 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. Never in history had so many spectators come out to watch a women's sporting event. The Games highlighted female athletes like no other time in modern history and Mia 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. There is no stopping women's soccer and Mia's enormous impact, both on and off the field.

Having played collegiately at UNC and leading her team to four consecutive NCAA championships, she inherited the nickname "Jordan" (after a basketball player at NC named Michael!) 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 (male or female).

Mia was the youngest player ever to play for our National Team (age 15) and has been a member ever since (the team won the World Championships in 1991, Mia's second time on the team). Her records in appearances and goals, MVP awards and overall performance put her at the top of the sport as she looks forward to the 2000 Olympics (she has been US Soccer's Female Athlete of the year five consecutive years). As Phil Knight, Chairman of Nike says "I think we've had three athletes who just played at a level that added a new dimension to their games. That's been Michael Jordan, in basketball, and in some ways Mia Hamm in women's soccer and Tiger Woods in golf." In April of 1999, Nike named the largest building on its corporate campus after Mia.

Having seen the enormous support her and her teammates received at the '96 Games, Mia hopes to pioneer new initiatives which further promote the sport of soccer and women in sports. Poised, articulate and honest, Mia is a pioneer in her sport and a role model for athletes and fans alike who believe in equal opportunity, Title IX legislation, and the love of the game.

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

1987 - Youngest woman ever to play with the US National Team at age 15
1989 - Won first of four NCAA titles with University of North Carolina
1989 - Named to NCAA All-Tournament Team
1990 - Won second NCAA title with UNC
1990 - selected to NCAA All-Tournament Team
1990 - All-American and ACC Player of the Year
1991 - Youngest player on the World Championship-winning US Team at age 19
1992 - Received the Missouri Athletic Club and Hermann Awards for outstanding collegiate soccer
1992 - Won third NCAA title with UNC; tournaments' offensive MVP
1992 - All-American and ACC Player of the Year
1993 - Second-time Missouri Athletic Club and Hermann Awards winner
1993 - Won fourth of four NCAA titles with UNC; tournaments' MVP
1993 - All-American and ACC Player of the Year
1993 - Completed collegiate career; conference's all-time leading scorer in goals (103), assists (72) and points (278)
1993 - Leading scorer (six goals) of silver medal winning US Team at the World University Games
1993 - Member of the CONCACAF championship team
1994 - Named US Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year
1994 - Had her UNC number (19) retired
1994 - First place US CONCACAF Qualifying Championship scoring six goals in three games
1994 - Voted by fans as MVP of the four-team Chiquita Cup
1995 - Named US Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year for second consecutive year
1995 - Received the prestigious Honda-Broderick Award as the nation's outstanding female collegiate athlete for 1994-95
1995 - Third-place US team FIFA Women's World Championships; started all games scored twice
1995 - US Women's Cup in Norway; tournament's MVP with five goals and six assists
1996 - Member of the Gold Medal winning US 1996 Olympic team in Atlanta
1996 - US Soccer Federation Female Athlete of the Year, Third consecutive year
1996 - Nominee, U.S. Olympic Committee's SportsWoman of the Year
1996 - #30 on USA Today's List of 96 Greatest Sports Moments of 1996
1997 - Named to People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list
1997 - Number 14 on "Soccer Business International's" Most Influential People in Soccer
1997 - US Women's Cup MVP
1997 - One of Esquire Magazine's "100 Best People in the World"
1997 - Women's Sports Foundation Team Athlete of the Year
1997 - US Soccer Federation Female Athlete of the Year, Fourth consecutive year
1997 - Nominee and finalist, US Olympic Committee's SportsWoman of the Year
1998 - Winner, ESPN's "Espy" award for Female Athlete of the Year
1998 - Amateur Athletic Foundation World Trophy recipient
1998 - Member of Gold-Medal winning team at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City
1998 - First US player to score 100 goals in her career, scored at US Cup in Rochester
1998 - Named US Soccer Player of the Year, 5th consecutive year
1999 - Became the world's leading goal scorer in international competition, male or female
1999 - Had Nike's largest building on it's corporate campus named after her
1999 - Formed The Mia Hamm Foundation
1999 - Led USA to World Championship at Women's World Cup
1999 - Winner, ESPN's "Espy" award for Female Athlete of the Year and Soccer Player of the Year