The future of cellular medicine holds exciting possibilities, and the Mia Hamm Foundation is proud to aid the progress through its partnership with Viacord.To learn more about Viacord and cord blood banking, please visit The Mia Hamm Foundation is committed to furthering the groundbreaking growth of female participation in sports that has occurred under Title IX, the landmark 1972 legislation that bans sex discrimination in academics and athletics at educational institutions across the country.Indeed, her play at the ’96 Olympics in particular prompted Nike chairman Phil Knight to claim that Hamm was one of three athletes, along with Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, to have “played at a level that added a new dimension to their games.” As further tribute to her impact, Knight named the largest building on the Nike campus after Hamm in 1999.Prior to much of her national team success, Hamm starred on the collegiate level at the University of North Carolina, where she led the Tar Heels to four consecutive NCAA Championships and was three times named an All American.The Mia Hamm Foundation is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for families in need of a marrow or cord blood transplant and to the development of more opportunities for young women in sports.Created in 1999, the Mia Hamm Foundation is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for bone marrow/cord blood transplants, while also increasing opportunities for young women in sports, two issues of utmost importance in my life.
In particular, the need for bone marrow donors from ethnically and racially diverse communities is especially acute.
Hailed by ESPN as the greatest female athlete of the past 40 years, Hamm was the youngest woman to ever appear in a match for the US Senior Squad at just 15 years old in 1987, and during her illustrious career playing for the national team shattered a litany of American records, most notably those for international goals (158) and assists (144).
She starred on female sports’ biggest and most watched stages, guiding the United States to gold at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and at the now iconic 1999 World Cup on American soil, and in the process became one of the most marketable athletes, male or female, of her era.
To aid in the face of these struggles, the Mia Hamm Foundation and the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a non-profit that facilitates unrelated marrow and cord blood transplants as a single point of access, have committed themselves to diversifying the NMDP Registry of potential bone marrow donors and cord blood units.
Mia has participated in several events to support those suffering from bone marrow disease.
Through our annual grant application process, the Mia Hamm Foundation works to do just that.