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Transcript of Mia Hamm
Tony DiCicco was the coach of the womens olympic team in the US
He later personally mentored Mia
The daughter of an Air Force pilot, Hamm moved often with her family throughout her childhood and credits her brother, Garrett, for encouraging her in sports.
Birth and Deaths in family
Soccer star Mia Hamm was born on March 17, 1972, in Selma, Alabama.
Her adopted brother, Garrett Hamm, died on April 16, 1997 due to complications in a bone marrow transplant, from aplastic anemia; a rare blood disease.
Mariel Margaret Hamm was the fourth of six children born into a military family. Her father, Will Hamm, was a colonel in the U.S. army, and the family frequently moved as he was reassigned –to California, Alabama, Virginia, Texas and elsewhere. Hamm's mother, Stephanie, was a dancer, and she nicknamed her daughter Mia after prima ballerina Mia Slavenska. But Mia rejected her mother's attempts to make her into a dancer. Hamm refused to continue after just two ballet lessons when she was about six years old.
Hamm was already more interested in sports, especially soccer. When she was a toddler, her father was stationed in Florence, Italy. He bought season tickets to see the Fiorentina soccer club, and he often took Hamm to the games, where they both were mesmerized with the passion and athleticism of the players. "I believe it was in Italy that I really fell in love with the game," Hamm recalled to Greg Mazzola of Coach and Athletic Director magazine. When the family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, her father started refereeing soccer games and coaching her older brother, Garrett, and older sister, Tiffany. Hamm started playing when she was five, and her father was often her coach.
Hamm established the Mia Hamm Foundation in part to support patients and their families who benefit from bone marrow transplants.
Mia Hamm is alive and well with her husband and 2 kids