Even some of the biggest names in sports can be a bit starstruck by their role models. Iowa basketball star Caitlin Clark experienced that Monday, receiving a U.S. women’s national team jersey signed by Mia Hamm.
“She was literally my idol growing up,” Clark said upon receipt of the jersey. “That’s so cool.”
College basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli, who attends Hamm’s annual golf tournament, gifted the jersey to Clark. The jersey included a note from the USWNT legend: “So fun watching you play! Keep being you! Can’t wait to watch you change the world!”
Antonelli posted a video of Clark’s reaction to social media, and Hamm responded with an invitation to Clark to attend the 2024 edition of her golf tournament. The 2023 edition was held at the University of North Carolina’s Finley Golf Club earlier this month.
“We would love to have you join us @CaitlinClark22,” Hamm wrote. “Best to you this season.”
We would love to have you join us @CaitlinClark22 . Best to you this season. https://t.co/IjQOd3q3DW— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) October 24, 2023
We would love to have you join us @CaitlinClark22 . Best to you this season. https://t.co/IjQOd3q3DW
Clark showed off her golf skills at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic Pro-Am in July. The 21-year-old guard played alongside fellow Iowa native and U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson, and she took every opportunity to interact with fans and sign autographs.
“I used to run around golf courses and wanted to go to golf and basketball events when I was a young kid,” she said at that event. “It can really change their life even if they have one interaction with you. Just trying to make as much time as I can trying to sign an autograph for a young kid or give them a ball or high five. That goes a really long way.”