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July 8, 2008

Hamm will return for soccer inductions

Mia Hamm is coming back to Oneonta, the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced Monday.

Hamm will present her former college coach, Anson Dorrance, a 2008 Hall of Fame inductee who will be honored at noon Aug. 3 with Hugo Perez inside the Oneonta shrine.

Hamm and former U.S. National teammate Julie Foudy headlined the 2007 Induction Ceremony, which forced the Hall to hold the event outdoors for the first time to accommodate a record crowd estimated at 5,000.

Two-time Olympic gold-medal winner Hamm played four seasons under Dorrance at the University of North Carolina, leading the Tar Heels to national women's soccer championships in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993. Hamm redshirted during the 1991 season to prepare for the Women's World Cup, a tournament the U.S. won.

A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Hamm earned three National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American awards and graduated as the Tar Heels' all-time leader in goals (103), assists (72) and points (278). North Carolina retired her No. 19 jersey in 1994, the year she graduated from the college.

The Soccer Hall also announced Monday that soccer broadcaster JP Dellacamera will serve as Master of Ceremonies for its 2008 Induction Ceremony; that Nelson Perez will present his brother; and that Lynn Berling-Manuel will present retired Newark Star Ledger sports writer Ivan Kuhns as the recipient of the Colin Jose Media Award.

The play-by-play voice for MLS Primetime Thursday and National Team matches on ESPN and ABC, Dellacamera has broadcast soccer matches for more than two decades. He worked the 1989 World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Following the Aug. 3 Induction Ceremony, Dellacamera will report to Beijing, China, to broadcast games from the 2008 Olympics.

The younger brother of Hugo Perez, Nelson Perez is an independent contractor and the pastor of a community church in Los Angeles. A native of El Salvador, where his grandfather Antonio played professional soccer, Nelson immigrated to the United States as a youth and grew up in California.

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