Please join Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra
for the 4th Annual Celebrity Soccer Challenge
benefiting the Mia Hamm Foundation &
Children's National Medical Center
General Admission: $23
TICKETS AVAILABLE ON SITE
Come out and cheer soccer stars and celebrities
when FC Mia takes on Nomar United in a game sure to entertain.
Scheduled to join Mia & Nomar:
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant
U.S. Women's National Player Alex Morgan
U.S. Women's National Player Ali Krieger
U.S. Women's National Player Heather O'Reilly
U.S. Women's National Player Tobin Heath
Former DC United Star Eddie Pope
Boston Celtic standout Jeff Green
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall
Washington Caps defenseman John Carlson
Around the Horn host Tony Reali
FC Barcelona's Pep Guardiola
Former DC United Star John Harkes
Washington Post Columnist Mike Wise
Washington Post Live host Ivan Carter
NBC4 sports anchor Dan Hellie
WJLA sports anchor Britt McHenry
WJLA anchor Pam Brown
At halftime, we will honor bone marrow donors and their recipients, plus give fans a chance to themselves register with Be the Match. In the last three years, our event has successfully registered over 400 people.
For four years, the Mia Hamm Foundation organized the Garrett Game, an annual soccer exhibition named after Mia’s late brother, Garrett, who died in 1997 from a bone marrow disease. Held in Milwaukee, the funds raised went directly to bone marrow transplant patients and their families. In 2008, the event was re-launched as the Mia Hamm & Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge and found a new home, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. In 2011, the fourth year of this annual event, the Soccer Challenge will move to Washington D.C. to be played on July 31, 2011, the same city and date at the FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United soccer game that will be played at the Washington FedEx Field. Mia, a global ambassador for FC Barcelona, is proud to support the club’s visit to the U.S.
The Mia Hamm Foundation is a reflection of Mia’s life experiences. She created this foundation to benefit important issues that have directly affected her throughout her life. The foundation is focused on providing support for two important causes: raising funds and awareness for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants and continuing the growth in opportunities for young women in sports.
For more information on the Mia Hamm Foundation see www.miafoundation.org.
“I understand firsthand the pain associated with having a family member who needs a marrow or cord blood transplant. In 1997, my brother Garrett passed away from complications related to aplasticanemia. Through an all-star exhibition soccer match, "The Garrett Game", we are able to raise awareness and funds for bone marrow disease research, and to support families through the marrow transplant process. At halftime in the 2001 Garrett Game we brought together marrow donors with recipients for the first time. It was clearly my most satisfying moment away from the field”. – Mia Hamm
“Needless to say, I would not have had the life experiences to date without other pioneers who worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for women in sport. Although I am encouraged by the growth of opportunities for girls, I am committed to continue the progress made in the last decade. It is my goal to help further the development of programs and initiatives for young women in sports”. – Mia Hamm
The need for bone marrow donors from ethnically and racially diverse communities is especially acute. Mia Hamm Foundation and the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) are committed to diversifying the NMDP Registry of potential bone marrow donors and cord blood units. The NMDP is a non-profit organization that facilitates unrelated bone marrow and cord blood transplants as a single point of access. Corporations, non-profit organizations and civic groups across the country are working to educate the public and support bone marrow disease research and treatment efforts.