Thanks to everyone that came out and made it a great couple of days in Chapel Hill!
Sydney Bellman is 12 years old. She loves soccer, science, photography and scuba diving. She is thankful that she is healthy and has the opportunity to do so many things. To celebrate that, this summer, on July 15th, 2016, Sydney hiked up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in California. She realized that many kids would like to be able to actively participate in sports and other adventures but are unable to do so because they are sick or lack the money and opportunity. Sydney decided that she would ask people if they would be willing to sponsor her by donating money to charity if she completed this hike up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. The charity she chose to support is the Mia Hamm Foundation. Mia is a soccer hero of Sydney's and she admires the fact that Mia uses her fame to raise awareness and money for various charities that research and provide funding for families that need marrow or cord blood transplants, as well as opportunities for young women who would otherwise not be able to play sports.
We are so proud of Sydney and honored that she chose to support the Mia Hamm Foundation.
Follow Sydney's progress at www.sydneybellman.weebly.com.
FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player Mia Hamm joined Andrea Perez, North America General Manager of Soccer for Nike, and Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, to announce a partnership to bring the Soccer for Success youth development program to East Los Angeles.
Nike and the Mia Hamm Foundation have provided a grant that will allow 250 girls from East LA to participate in a yearlong soccer program. The Soccer for Success program has positively impacted over 55,000 kids since it’s inception in 2009. The free after-school program utilizes soccer as a tool to a healthier, active lifestyle. The Brotherhood Crusade, an organization whose principal mission is to raise funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community, will operate the program at the Weingart YMCA in East LA.
The event, held on May 20, 2015, was highlighted by Mia Hamm and members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez, participating in a Q&A session to share their personal experiences and to provide advice for young girls.
The event was also part of “SheBelieves in Her Community,” a week-long celebration where the U.S. Women’s National Team players give back to their local communities with special events focusing on young kids. Conceived and developed by the players, the #SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams.
Thanks to many wonderful sponsors and guests, the Mia Hamm Foundation was able to host another successful Golf Classic on October 1 - 2, 2014 in Chapel Hill, NC. The funds raised will benefit the Garrett J. Hamm Fund at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals.
Mia was joined by celebrity participants, including: BJ Surhoff, Carla Overbeck, Eric Montross, Heather O'Reilly, Kristine Lilly, Cindy Parlow Cone, Phil Ford, Jay Bilas, Crystal Dunn, Anson Dorrance and Dan Jansen.