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Hamm, Mia

Born : 17 March 1972
City : Selma, Alabama, United States
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Early life

Born in Selma, Alabama on March 17, 1972 to parents Bill and Stephanie Hamm, Mariel Margaret Hamm, nicknamed Mia, was the fourth of six children. Born with a club foot, she wore corrective shoes as a toddler Hamm spent her childhood on United States Air Force bases with her parents and siblings. The family moved many times and resided in several places including San Antonio, Texas, and Italy. Florence, Italy is where Hamm was first introduced to soccer. Soon her whole family became very involved in the sport.

Hamm played sports beginning at a very young age. As a high school freshman and sophomore, she played for Notre Dame Catholic High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. As a new player in 1987, and the youngest by over a year, she often started as a forward but never scored a goal. Hamm then attended Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia for one year, and helped the Lake Braddock soccer team win the 1989 state championships. Mia Hamm's brother played sports, inspiring her to do so as well.

Born: March 17, 1972 (age 42), Selma, Alabama, United States
Spouse: Nomar Garciaparra (m. 2003), Christian Corry (m. 1994–2001)
Siblings: Garrett Hamm
Children: Garrett Garciaparra, Ava Caroline Garciaparra, Grace Isabella Garciaparra
Awards: FIFA World Player of the Year, more
Education: Lake Braddock Secondary School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Playing career

Hamm joined the United States women's national soccer team at age 15, becoming the youngest ever to play on the national team. In 1991, she was named to the roster for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup in China under North Carolina coach, Anson Dorrance. At 19 years old, she was the youngest player on the team. During the team's first match of the tournament, 14,000 people were in attendance as Hamm scored the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute leading the U.S. to a 3–2 win over Sweden. The U.S. faced Brazil during their second group stage match on November 19. The U.S. won 5–0 with goals scored by Carin Jennings, Michelle Akers, Hamm, and two by April HeinrichsThe U.S. squad finished first in Group B after a third win against Japan on November 21 and advanced to knockout stage of the tournament.[16] During the quarterfinal match against Chinese Taipei, the U.S. easily defeated their opponents 7–0. After defeating Germany 5–2 during the semifinal, the U.S. faced Norway in the final. In front of 63,000 spectators, the U.S. clinched the first World Cup championship title after a 2–1 win.

personal life

Hamm was first married to her college sweetheart Christian Corry, a United States Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter pilot; they divorced in 2001 after being married six years. She married then-Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra on November 22, 2003, in Goleta, California in a ceremony attended by a few hundred guests On March 27, 2007, Hamm gave birth to twin girls, Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline. Though born five weeks early,each girl weighed over 5 pounds (2.3 kg) at birth.The couple had a son, named Garrett Anthony, in January 2012.

Her adopted brother, Garrett Hamm, died on April 16, 1997 of complications from aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease. Hamm established the Mia Hamm Foundation in part to support patients and their families who benefit from bone marrow transplants.[51] Some of Hamm's hobbies outside of soccer include cooking, golf, and watching college basketball.

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