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.
The Heisman Trophy Trust has announced U.S. Women's National Team legend Mia Hamm will be the fourth recipient of the Heisman Humanitarian Award. The award will be formally presented to Mia 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.
“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 her 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.