Mia Hamm

Biography project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class made by Ciara F.

Mia Hamm was born on March 17, 1972 in Selma, Alabama.

Significant Events in History that Affected Mia's Life

  • The development of women's sports

Mia's Childhood

As a young girl, Mia and her family of 8 were always traveling because her father was an air force pilot. Her mother thought that ballet classes were her destiny and could help calm her raging emotions. But she was very wrong, Mia absolutely hated those classes.  Even as a child, Mia was very athletically inclined. Even though she was small and frail, her big brother Garrett made sure that he chose her first when he was captain of backyard sports games. Thankfully, while stationed in Italy, the Hamm family discovered the lovely sport of soccer that Mia and her siblings would soon fall in love with.

People Who Influenced Mia's Life

  • Bill Hamm (Mia's father) - Trained her when she was little
  • Stephanie Hamm (Mia's mother) - Always encouraged her in her all her sports careers.
  • Anson Dorrance (Women's soccer coach at NCU) - Invited Mia to try out for the National Team.

Unique Facts

  • Mia was the first girl to play little league baseball in Wichita Falls.
  • The first time Mia was noticed by the national level coaches, she was only 14 years old.
  • Mia played wide receiver and a little bit of quarterback for her junior high football team.
  • Mia's mother started calling her "Mia" because she reminded her of a famous ballet dancer she liked. Mia's real name is Mariel.
  • Mia's father was an air force pilot so her family was constantly moving around the U.S.


  • Won two Olympic gold medals. (1996, 2004)
  • Scored 158 career goals and held the record for the most international goals for 26 years.
  • Won the Women's World Cup twice. (1991, 1999)
  • Considered the best female soccer player in history.
  • Founded the Mia Hamm Foundation that's dedicated to bone marrow research because her brother died of a rare blood disease.

The theme of Mia's life was...

Mia Hamm encouraged to always put in your best work, even when nobody is watching. Winners don't quit.

Mia's words of advice and what she has taught me...

  • "It is very important for young girls to have female athletes with whom they can identify."
  • "I don't think a lot of athletes walk around thinking they're the best, if they do, its probably to hide some weakness they have."
  • "The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is watching."

By reading Mia Hamm's biography and poking around in some videos and interviews of her, I learned that everyone needs an inspiration, someone to look up to. To be a champion, you always have to put in your absolute best effort. If you put your all into your passion, you will go far with it.

Works Cited

"Mia Hamm - Legends FC." RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2015.

"WNT vs. Brazil: Mia Hamm Goal - May 22, 1999." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2015.

"Had to Be Better." MAKERS. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2015.

"Black, Blue, and Ornery: Luck of the Irish." Illegal Hit. N.p., 17 Mar. 2014. Web. 07 Mar. 2015.

"Mia Hamm - Mini Biography." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2015.

Rutledge, Rachel. Mia Hamm: Striking Superstar. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 2000. Print.

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