Pelosi Congratulates Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy on Election to National Soccer Hall of Fame

February 27, 2007
Press Release
Washington, DC - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the announcement that Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

'Today, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy and the National Soccer Hall of Fame have made history.  For the first time, the entire class selected to the Hall in the Player Category will be comprised solely of women.  I congratulate them for this trailblazing achievement.

'Their careers have been a wonderful success, including two FIFA World Championships and two Olympic Gold Medals.  Their accomplishments extend further than the playing field, however.  In addition to breaking down barriers in women's sports, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy are also known for their sense of family and community and are outstanding role models for young women and girls.  Mia Hamm founded the Mia Hamm Foundation to support bone marrow transplant patients and their families.  Julie Foudy is working to reduce underage drinking among girls with The Century Council, a national not-for-profit organization funded by America's leading distillers to fight drunken driving and underage drinking.

'It has been my pleasure to work with Mia and Julie on preserving Title IX - the landmark civil rights law that for nearly 35 years has ensured equal opportunity for women and girls in athletics and education.  Title IX has empowered hundreds of thousands of young women on the field and in the classroom to be stronger and bolder through a simple message: your education is crucial and your future is limitless.'