The Fourth Annual Mia Hamm & Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge took place on July 31st 2011, at Kastles Stadium at the Wharf in Washington, DC. The event was a sell-out and as a result, the atmosphere was more exciting than ever.
The soccer game included a fun mix of both celebrities and athletes. Participants included players such as Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, U.S. Women’s National Team Players Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger, Heather O’Reilly and Tobin Heath, former DC United star Eddie Pope, Boston Celtics Jeff Green, and Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
Presenting sponsor FC Barcelona included the event as part of their U.S. Summer Tour and Head Coach Pep Guardiola played in the game as well. Other sponsors and partners included Nike, Gatorade, Dannon, Mission, ViaCord, and Microsoft.
Over 200 people registered at the event for the Be The Match National Marrow Donor Registry, the highest number for the event yet and nearly $100,000 was raised for the Mia Hamm Foundation and Children’s National Medical Center.