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Regarded as one of the best players of all time, Mia Hamm was a member of the USA team that won two Women’s World Cups as well as two Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments, and she was twice voted the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. Her outstanding skills undoubtedly had an enormous influence on the popularity of women’s football worldwide. Now the revered University of Princeton has bestowed an honorary doctorate of the humanities on the 34-year-pld Shirley M. Tilghman, the rector of the New Jersey (USA) university, pointed out in her eulogy that Hamm’s style of football had inspired many women to take up sport. She was a role model for courage, integrity, discipline and team spirit. The retired world-class sportswoman, who finished her career in 2004, set up the Mia Hamm Foundation in 1999 to raise money for research into bone marrow illness. Her brother, Garrett, died in 1997 as a result of the disease. Mia Hamm and her famous husband, Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Nomar Garciaparra (33), will soon be the parents of twins.