#AWomanADay Day 24
Every body is probably enthralled with the FIFA World Cup right now. Sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever see the day when a woman is allowed to play along side men in a soccer tournament (or any sport for that matter). Women’s soccer is real though!
Mariel Margaret “Mia” Hamm is a retired American professional soccer player. Hamm held the record for international goals, more than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer, until 2013 when fellow American Abby Wambach scored her 159th goal to break the record.
Hamm first put on the United States jersey when she was 15, and as a 19-year-old helped her country win the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Hamm was named the women’s FIFA World Player of the Year the first two times that award was given (in 2001 and 2002), and is listed as one of FIFA’s 125 best living players (as chosen by Pelé) being one of two women, accompanied by teammate Michelle Akers. She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as well as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the World Football Hall of Fame.
She is the author of Go For the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life and appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team. Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon called Hamm, “Perhaps the most important athlete of the last 15 years.”
But despite her World Cups, Olympic gold medals and NCAA championships, Hamm, perhaps more than anything else, is looked upon as a pioneering figure not only in women’s soccer, but in women’s sport in the United States.