The Heisman Trophy Trust announced today that soccer legend Mia Hamm will be the fourth recipient of the Heisman Humanitarian Award. The award will be formally presented to Ms. Hamm at the 75th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on December 14, 2009 in New York City. Former Heisman Humanitarian winners include Joey Cheek, Olympic speed skating gold medalist, George Martin, former defensive end of the New York Giants and Pat LaFontaine, former NHL star.
The Heisman Humanitarian Award was established, by the Heisman Trophy Trust in 2006, to recognize athletes who go above and beyond to serve their community and improve the lives of others.
"We are delighted to honor Mia Hamm at our 75th Anniversary Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner," said Rob Whalen, executive director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "Ms. Hamm represents everything that embodies the Heisman spirit. She excels athletically and has continually embraced her position as a role model. Her work with the Mia Hamm Foundation represents her ongoing commitment to serve and inspires others. It is our pleasure to present here with this award."
In 1997, Hamm's brother Garrett passed away due to complications associated with aplastic anemia prompting Mia to start the Mia Hamm Foundation. The foundation operates with two goals in mind: to raise awareness and funds for families needing marrow or core blood transplants and to champion growth opportunities for young women in sports.
As the recipient of the Award, Hamm will receive a $50,000 charitable donation from the Heisman Trophy Trust on behalf of the Mia Hamm Foundation as well as a plaque commemorating the honor. "I am honored and grateful to the Heisman Trophy Trust for presenting me with this award.�There is certainly no award in collegiate athletics that is more prestigious and revered than the Heisman Trophy and I can only imagine how much hard work and dedication it takes each year to be a finalist" -Mia Hamm, November 9, 2009.
The 75th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis on Monday, Dec. 14th 2009. Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Tickets are available for purchase at www.heisman.com.
About the Heisman Trophy Trust: The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore, has a charitable mission to support amateur athletics and to provide greater opportunities to the youth of our country. Our goal through these charitable endeavors is for the Heisman Trophy to symbolize the fostering of a sense of community responsibility and service to our youth, especially those disadvantaged or afflicted. All assets of the Trust beyond the expense of maintaining the annual presentation of the Heisman Memorial Trophy are reserved for such charitable causes. The Trustees, who all serve pro bono, are guided by a devotion to college football and are committed to community service and the valued tradition that the Trophy represents.
About the Mia Hamm Foundation: Mia Hamm Foundation is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for families in need of a marrow or cord blood transplant and the development of more opportunities for young women to participate in sport.