BETHESDA, Md., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Soccer star Mia Hamm may be an icon for a generation of women, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and a committed philanthropist heading her own foundation, but ask this 42-year old superstar to name her favorite role and the answer is soccer mom, hands down.
Today in New York, Residence Inn by Marriott kicked off its traditional Moms' Month celebration by selecting Mia Hamm as its 2014 Resident Mom of the Year. During the day's activities, Hamm also announced the beginning of the "Ultimate Soccer Mom" search, reaching out to moms across America to nominate themselves for the winning title. Moms can enter on Facebook or Instagram by posting a 100-word entry and a photo, tagging Residence Inn and using the #RIMomsMonth hashtag. Everyone can join in the fun and qualify to win exciting daily prizes by posting a comment on Residence Inn's contest announcement on Facebook. The contest's grand prize winner, named the "Ultimate Soccer Mom" by Hamm and a panel of Residence Inn judges, will win a trip for four to Los Angeles to meet Mia Hamm at the new Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE hotel in summer 2014. "I know what it's like to raise a family while working, multi-tasking and traveling," said Hamm, a native of Selma, AL and graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After retiring from professional soccer in 2004, Hamm settled with her husband, former Major League Baseball player Nomar Garciaparra in Southern California where they raise twin daughters Ava and Grace, 7, and son Garrett, 2. She's frequently on the road making public appearances and speaking on behalf of her charitable foundation. "Our crazy schedules can make any mother feel pulled in a million directions. I'm always worrying about getting enough exercise and staying healthy while I'm traveling," said Hamm. As one of her first contributions to the Residence Inn family, Hamm designed two easy-to-follow fitness programs for moms on the go – quick routines that don't require special equipment yet leave a mom feeling rejuvenated and energized.