As the world prepares for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup, Nike and the Mia Hamm Foundation have announced a partnership to bring the Soccer for Success youth development program to East Los Angeles. FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player Mia Hamm was joined by Andrea Perez, North America General Manager of Soccer for Nike, and Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, to make this announcement at the Weingart YMCA in East LA.
The partnership will provide 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 its inception in 2009.
The event is also part of “She Believes in Her Community,” a week-long celebration where the U.S. Women’s National Team players are giving back to their local communities with special events focuses 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.
Soccer legend Mia Hamm was joined by members of the U.S. Women’s National Team Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez. They answered questions from the kids and spent a little bit of time with them on the field helping to motivate and inspire them through the beautiful game.