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The sports successes and influence of athlete mia hamm

Scott Barbour—Getty Images By Eliana Dockterman September 11, 2014 Mia Hamm has been a role model for girls since she established herself as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. Hamm held the record for most international goals scored by a soccer player — male or female — until 2013, when fellow American Abby Wambach broke her record.

She won FIFA world player of the year twice. Since her retirement from soccer, Hamm has been active in other pursuits: The group set three Guinness World Records for most people making sand angels 292most people hopping on one leg 321 and most people performing a swim dance 318.

I could go home right now and find four channels that have something about soccer going on, and I definitely could not have done when I was playing.

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What are your thoughts on the turf vs. I would much rather play on grass.

I completely understand why certain venues have turf because of the amount of play, the wear and tear, the weather. I took every opportunity as a responsibility to not only help our sport grow but also to support female athletics.

I felt it was important.

And it was also a way for me to say thank you to all the people that invested in me and who, whether I knew them or not, made changes to compete at this level — whether it was playing in college and the birth of Title IX and making sure that not only did I have access to being able to play in college but I had access to an education. What was so wonderful was during the taping of that, I wanted to be better than he was at whatever we were doing. It was actually very intense.

There was a natural competition. And I love the fact that he was accepting and open to that. We had a blast making it. Why has that been an important cause for you? I just know how it empowered me.

I was a really young, shy kid who was also from a military family, so we moved every 2-3 years.

The essence of Mia

And sports was an easy way to make a connection when we moved to a new base, a new town to people with similar interests. And I think it really helped give me confidence not only with that move but with feeling that I could contribute.

You just look at women in high-powered positions in top 500 companies and a lot of them will attribute their time in organized sports as something that really made a difference and had an impact in their lives. And to see that confidence grow in a young girl is so important because I think boys are naturally encouraged to do those things, and the opportunities to do it for our daughters is so important.

I know that your 1999 World Cup win had a huge impact on my generation in terms of the number of girls it inspired to play soccer. Why do you think that is? I think kids who grew up playing and it was part of their everyday lives are now parents.

What are these kids playing? I also know when I was younger, it was a relatively inexpensive sport to play.

I was one of six kids in a military family, so it was perfect. Have you passed those genes to your kids? What do you guys do to stay active?

We want them participating in some type of activity. At home, we want it to be fun. And we did that for 20 minutes, just laughing and I think she was talking a little trash at one point.

Mia Hamm on Why Girls Playing Sports Is So Important

So just having fun with them. Why did you team up with LeapFrog?

  • And it was also a way for me to say thank you to all the people that invested in me and who, whether I knew them or not, made changes to compete at this level — whether it was playing in college and the birth of Title IX and making sure that not only did I have access to being able to play in college but I had access to an education;
  • There is no stopping women's soccer and Mia's enormous impact, both on and off the field;
  • Have you tried any fitness trackers?

We just really want to help families and kids understand that physical activity is not necessarily about work. LeapBand is not a calorie tracker or counter. Have you tried any fitness trackers? I was more curious: I kind of had an idea of my calorie burn when I was playing, but I have no idea right now.