Hamm Discusses Celebrity Soccer Challenge

Mia Hamm Foundation Soccer Benefit

MLSnet.com’s Dylan Butler profiled the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge, which takes place Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Hamm, on last year’s event raising more than $150,000: “I think we were surprised at just the enthusiasm of everyone involved, from the soccer community (in Los Angeles) to the celebrities that were in the area. They just came out and said whatever you want us to do we’re willing to do, from participation to signing autographs.”

Butler adds that “the most rewarding part of last year’s game, though, was learned recently when a bone marrow transplant match was made from the donor drive held” throughout the event.

Hamm, who lost a brother in 1997 “after complications from a bone marrow transplant,” said, “Our family struggled financially to find out how we’re going to fund the procedures he had to go through and all that stress and strain. All these things we went through we wanted to alleviate the stress and strain on people’s lives. It definitely hits close to home.”

The soccer match benefits the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation (Dylan Butler, MLSnet.com, 1/15). Read the entire article from MLSnet.com