Mia Hamm Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Disney Soccer Showcase

Mia Hamm, two-time women’s FIFA World Player of the Year (’01 and ’02), received the Disney Soccer Showcase Lifetime Achievement award at the Soccer Showcase on Friday.  During her career with the U.S. National Team, the U.S. women won two FIFA World Cup Titles (1991, 1999) and two Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004).  Hamm was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in August 2007.  Continue reading for the video below of Mia Hamm’s thoughts on winning the award.

Mia Hamm at Disney Soccer Showcase

Disney Soccer Showcase is a tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the nation’s elite youth soccer players.  This year’s event features more than 630 boys and girls teams from 37 states and five countries, including New Zealand, Brazil and Japan.

Disney's Soccer Showcase

Among the teams participating, two flights of competition will be from the United States Soccer Federation’s (USSF) Olympic Development academies, and JFA Academy Fukushima from Japan is returning to defend its two-straight U17 girls championship titles.  New to this year’s tournament is US Youth Soccer (USYS) U15-18 National League boys competition.

The eight-day event is expected to draw nearly 30,000 athletes, college coaches and fans to the complex, making it one of the leading college recruiting events in the country.  About 800 college coaches, including Anson Dorrance, head coach of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship winner University of North Carolina, and Assistant Coach Tim Wassell of the women’s championship runner-up Penn State University soccer program, will be in attendance to scout.  Among the schools attending are 50 programs that competed in the 2012 NCAA men’s or women’s soccer national championship tournaments.

Disney’s Soccer Showcase began in 2000 with 68 teams and eight fields and has now grown to accommodate 636 teams on 17 fields.  The Boys Showcase began December 27, and the Girls Showcase begins December 31.  The tournament concludes January 3, 2013.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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