Mia Hamm is largely considered the best female soccer player in history. In Atlanta at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, she proved it by leading her team to Gold in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans in Athens, Georgia. Never in history had so many spectators come out to watch a women's sporting event. The Games highlighted female athletes like no other time in modern history and Mia emerged as one of the true examples for people of all ages who have a dream and decide to pursue it.
In 2004, she and teammate Michelle Akers were put on FIFA's list of the 125 Greatest Living Soccer Players, the only two women and only two Americans to be named. Poised, articulate and honest, Mia is a pioneer in her sport and a role model for athletes and fans alike who believe in equal opportunity, Title IX legislation, and the love of the game.