Stephanie Hamm was born in California, the
eldest of 11 siblings and the daughter of an Air Force pilot. She
found dance at an early age, as well as sand lot baseball. Her mother
was a ball player with the Irish Maidens - so Mia's athletic ability
traces back generations.
Stephanie married her high school sweetheart,
Bill Hamm, and had four daughters. They also adopted 2 sons. When
Garrett, an eight-year-old boy's boy, was adopted into a household
of girls who read and played drama games, "he just wanted to
get out the door, jump on his bike, and run like the wind. When
Mia (five at the time) saw that, she just ran right out the door
after him. She made him feel at home in this family, and that was
the beginning of the release of her real self."
Mia quickly picked up any sport Garrett played,
including football in the seventh grade. Garrett called her his
Stephanie says that Mia's best attribute is
her compassion, and that Mia inherited her face, her eyes, as well
as her temper.
Though her daughter is considered the greatest
player in women's soccer history, and famous for her intensity on
the field, as a spectator Stephanie still doesn't get wrapped up
in the details of the game, preferring to enjoy its simpler pleasures.
"I get involved with the personalities and how they're playing
that day. I love all of these women that play for the national team.
It's always amazed me that we could be at the World Cup in China,
sitting in the stands, this little group of Americans, and the Chinese
would come over to me and tap me on the shoulder and say, "You
number nine, you nine? My girl, my girl!"
Stephanie was a founding member of Liv
In the Game, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering girls
through physical activity and sports. She is now development director
First Tee of Greater Austin.
For more information on Mia, log on to www.miafoundation.org.