LAFC Owner Spotlight: Get to know Mia Hamm-Garciaparra
Mariel Margaret Hamm was Born in Selma, Alabama on March 17, 1972 to parents Bill and Stephanie Hamm. Mia was the fourth child out of six children. She wore corrective shoes as a toddler due to being born with a club foot. Hamm was first introduced to the sport of soccer while in Italy. Hamm played sports since she was very young. While in junior high, she excelled as a football player on the boys' team. As a freshman and sophomore, she played soccer for Notre Dame Catholic High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. 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.
Hamm attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she helped the Tar Heels win four National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women's championships in five years (she sat out the season of 1991 to concentrate on the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup in China).
Hamm competed as a member of the United States national soccer team in four World Cup tournaments: China 1991, Sweden 1995, United States 1999 and United States 2003; and three Olympics tournaments: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. All together, she played in 38 matches and scored 13 goals at seven global tournaments. With her teammates, Hamm finished third at two World Cup tournaments in 1995 and 2003, second at the 2000 Olympics, and first at the four other international tournaments.
In 1999, Hamm founded The Mia Hamm Foundation following the death of her brother Garrett in 1997 from complications of aplastic anemia. The non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting awareness of and raising funds for families in need of a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. The organization encourages people to register in the national bone marrow registry and provides funds to UNC Health Care and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. It also focuses on creating opportunities to empower women through sport. Hamm hosts an annual celebrity soccer game in Los Angeles to support the foundation.
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. THE COUPLE ALSO HAD A SON, NAMED GARRETT ANTHONY, IN JANUARY 2012.
In October 2014, it was announced that Hamm was a co-owner of the future Major League Soccer team located in Los Angeles. Also in October 2014, Hamm joined the Board of Directors of Italian club A.S. Roma, owned by American investors.