Mia Hamm takes international ambassador role for FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011
Steffi Jones will be receiving some first-class support in her role as President of the Local Organising Committee with two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Mia Hamm set to work alongside her as an international ambassador for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011. The American football legend was officially presented by Steffi Jones ahead of the women's friendly match between Germany and USA at the Augsburg Arena on Thursday October 29, 2009.
"No other player has had a more positive impact on the women's game than Mia Hamm. As well as her incredible ability on the field, she's a wonderful team player - as I experienced first hand when we played together at Washington Freedom in the USA. She takes her status as a role model in society very seriously. I'm proud to have such a class act on board and I'm sure her success and profound knowledge of the game will help us to promote the positive image of the Women's World Cup around the world," said Jones.
Mia Hamm is one of the most famous female footballers of all time. The 37-year-old, who is a FIFA ambassador since 2005, won the FIFA Women's World Cup with the USA in both 1991 and 1999, as well as gold medals at the 1996 and 2004 Women's Olympic Football Tournaments. Furthermore, she was voted FIFA Women's World Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and, along with Michelle Akers, was selected by Pele as one of only two women in the FIFA 100 ranking of the 125 greatest players of all time. She scored an astounding 158 goals in 275 internationals for the USA before ending her career in the summer of 2004. Mia Hamm currently focuses her attention on the Mia Hamm Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for bone marrow transplant patients and furthering the development of programs and initiatives for young women in sports.
"It's a great honour for me to be chosen as an international ambassador for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011. I'm convinced that the tournament will set new benchmarks and that women's football in general will benefit from it greatly. I experienced the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany as a fan, and now as an ambassador I'll be doing my best to ensure we enjoy a similarly successful tournament in 2011. It's really special to be involved in such a fantastic event as this," said Hamm.
"I'm expecting the stadiums to be packed because staging the Women's World Cup in the wonderful German arenas will be a great experience for both traditional football fans and families alike. I'm sure plenty of spectators will be coming to Germany from abroad, particularly from the USA and Scandinavia. Germany is going to be a great host," added the most successful striker in the history of the USA women's national team.