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Marial Margaret "Mia" Hamm

by Steven Case, 2010.
NC Government & Heritage Library.

March 17, 1972 -

Mia HammA native of Alabama, Mia Hamm made her mark in North Carolina during her years with the UNC women's soccer team (1989-94). She helped them to win four of their record twenty NCAA championships. During her 17 year career, she scored 158 international goals (the most of any player, male or female), played in 275 international games, and was instrumental in the 1991 and 1999 World Cup wins for the US National Team, as well as helping to win two gold medals in the 1996 and 2004 Olympics.

Since her retirement in 2004, Hamm has been active in the Mia Hamm Foundation. She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.

References and additional resources:

"Mia Hamm," Encyclopedia Britannica, 2013.

"Mia Hamm: Soccer Star," Smithsonian.

Image Credits:

John Mena, "Mia Hamm pregame workout," 1998. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License