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Soccer Icon Mia Hamm to Appear at SYL North American Finals

Hamm to represent Army National Guard at youth championship

TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. soccer icon Mia Hamm will appear on behalf of the Army National Guard at the 2012 Super Y-League North American Finals presented by UMBRO, assisting with the distribution of a limited edition Super Y-League North American Finals/Army National Guard medal to all players. Hamm will be at the Super Y-League North American Finals at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participating teams will be invited stop by the Army National Guard exhibit to acquire their limited edition medals and enjoy a photo opportunity with Hamm.

“Bringing in a soccer legend like Mia Hamm will certainly generate a lot of buzz and draw positive attention to what the National Guard is doing in youth soccer,” SFC David Therrell said.

Hamm is widely recognized as the world's best all-around women's soccer player.  She was the youngest player ever to play for the U.S. National Team (age 15) and retired in 2004 after 17 years, two world championships, and two Olympic Gold medals. Her records in appearances and goals, MVP awards and overall performance put her at the top of the sport.

Hamm’s list of accomplishments includes:

  • Three-time NCAA All-American (University of North Carolina)
  • Four-time NCAA National Champion
  • Two-time Hermann Award winner
  • Led the nation in scoring for three NCAA seasons
  • Youngest player (19) on the winning U.S. Team at the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup
  • First U.S. player to score 100 goals in their international career
  • Named FIFA Women's World Player of the Year in 2001 & 2002

The Army National Guard is the “Official Military Branch of USL” and the primary sponsor of the 2012 Super Y-League North American Finals, set for December 7-11 at IMG Academy.  Through the relationship, the Army National Guard (ARNG) will work with USL to develop and promote grassroots soccer initiatives throughout the U.S.

The mission of the Army National Guard is to maintain properly trained and equipped units, available for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency, or as otherwise needed. The Army National Guard is a partner with the Active Army and the Army Reserves in fulfilling the country's military needs.

National Guard
The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. While Guard units are combat-trained and can be deployed overseas, their primary mission is to serve in their home communities in support of disaster relief efforts such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy—training just one weekend per month, and one two-week period each year. Whether the call is coming from the State Governor or directly from the President of the United States, Guard Soldiers are always ready and always there.

United Soccer Leagues
USL has become the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America by building on the vision, commitment, and passion of players, fans and investors. Now in its third decade of operation, USL continues to be a driving force in the growth of soccer in the United States, Canada and Caribbean. USL provides a clearly defined path for the progression of male and female soccer players beginning at the youth level (Super Y-League/Super-20 League), continuing through the amateur level (PDL/W-League) and up to the professional level, both outdoor and indoor (USL PRO/MISL). A platform for countless players to reach for their dreams each year, USL is devoted to developing the sport at the grassroots level in every community across the region.

USL Public Relations - Jay Preble / Seth Witkowicz / Nicholas Murray - Tampa, FL - 813.963.3909 - Twitter: @USLsoccer

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