An elite soccer player for the WUSA's Washington Freedom, Mia Hamm has been scoring goals since she was a child. Mia lead the US to the 1999 Women's World Cup Championship, and the 2000 Summer Olympics Silver medal.
Not only has Mia been active on the soccer fields she also has been active in the community. In 1999, Mia started her own foundation, The Mia Foundation. Her foundation's mission focuses around two causes that have affected Mia's life. One mission of The Mia Foundation reflects around Bone Marrow Disease Research. In 1997, Mia's brother passed away from complications related to aplastic anemia. The second mission relates to furthering the development of programs for young women in sports.
Some philanthropy projects that the Mia Foundation has been apart of:
The Garrett Game:
In its fifth year, The Garrett Game was developed to raise funds for the Garrett J. Hamm Memorial Fund. This indoor soccer game and gala was established by the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation to raise funds and awareness for bone marrow diseases.
National Marrow Drive Program:
Partnered with Nike, The Mia Foundation developed a National Marrow Drive Program to educate the public about bone marrow disease research, how they can take part in this worthwhile cause, and Mia's commitment to it.
This program allows youth to go to a Washington Freedom game. Through providing forty children per game with a game ticket, a lunch/dinner and a T-shirt to commemorate their experience at the game, youth who may never have the chance to take in a soccer game, will know the thrill of sitting in the crowd. Mia's Heroes have included Children's National Medical Center, DC Scores, The Starlight Children's Foundation, Richmond Boys & Girls Club, Make-a-Wish Foundation and Child Help USA.
Young Women in Sports:
By promoting the game of soccer to young women at soccer clinics and taking an active role in Women in Sports Organization, Mia is committed to further develop female opportunities in sports.
© 2002 Nancy Benton Parish