It has been 25 years since Mia Hamm burst onto the national scene during her first Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. Since then, the iconic soccer star has enjoyed a long career as an athlete and ambassador for the sport. But what is the legend up to these days?
Since retiring from the sport in 2004, Hamm has been focusing on her personal life. After divorcing her first love, Christiaan Corry, Hamm married then Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. Hamm and Garciaparra are raising three children: twin daughters Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline, born in 2007, and a son, Garrett Anthony, born in 2012.
Mia Hamm Foundation
Hamm also devotes a significant amount of time and energy to the Mia Hamm Foundation. She founded this foundation after the death of her brother, Garrett. Garret has been dealing with the rare bone marrow disease known as aplastic anemia for 10 years before he passed away in 1997. The foundation has a two-fold focus of supporting bone marrow transplant patients as well as young female athletes.
In addition to leading the foundation, Hamm is also the co-owner of the Los Angeles FC. Hamm was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2021, recognizing her contributions to her sport.
Attendance in Tokyo
Despite being a big advocate for her sport of women’s soccer, Hamm is not planning on attending the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. However, she is still supporting the US team from afar, offering up messages of encouragement to the rising stars as they go for gold.