Mia Hamm’s Perfect Date: The Gym

10/04/2010 at 01:00 PM ET

Where do two athletes go on a date? If they’re soccer star Mia Hamm and her husband, former baseball player Nomar Garciaparra, the answer is easy: to the gym.

Hamm says that the couple, who have been married for nearly seven years, often spend their quality time pumping iron. “We leave the kids with a sitter and we work out,” says Hamm. “It’s something we can do together. That’s the time for the two of us.”

Ava, Mia, Nomar and Grace — Courtesy of the Mia Hamm Foundation

Hamm, 38, says that time together is fleeting, especially with 3½-year-old fraternal twins Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline. “I have a wonderful husband, so we’re able to work it out,” she says. “He has a very busy career, but he loves to spend time with the girls. We have a very good support system; my in-laws are fantastic.”

And when the girls start playing sports? Don’t expect that Hamm will automatically be their soccer coach. “Everyone always asks me that, but I don’t know,” she says. “I can sign them up for soccer and let someone else be their coach, but no one else can be their mom.”

Hamm says that she’s determined to feed her kids as healthy as possible. “It’s so important what you give them to eat,” she says. “Our whole family tries to eat well. We’re all taking care of our health.”

Her commitment to health is the reason behind her latest gig: as a spokesperson for Give Your Health A Shot, a public awareness campaign to educate adults about vaccinations and total body wellness. “Everyone needs to be proactive about their own health and the health of their children,” she says. “Being healthy is a gift that needs maintenance.”

And that might mean more date nights.

Ava, Mia and Grace in Washington, D.C. — Courtesy of the Mia Hamm Foundation

— Steve Helling

FILED UNDER: Kids , Multiples , News , Parenting

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Robin on

OMG! The girls are beautiful! I think this is the first photo I have ever seen of them!

Steph on

Such a beautiful family! Happy for them!

brooke on

Yep – this is the first photo of the girls I have seen since they were babies….So nice to see them. Grace looks just like Nomar.

dee on

She’s one of the few celebrities I’d be star struck by meeting. If you were a young girl and played competitive soccer in the 90’s there is no need to explain this. lol.

Her daughters are gorgeous and this is the first time I’ve ever seen them.

Jill on

Wow they are gorgeous little girls. They don’t look like either parent to me except maybe the daugther who’s sitting on Nomar’s lap she has his smile. I always amazed by genetics…

Angela on

Mia and I went to the same school, UNC-Chapel Hill, and I would regularly see her and Marion Jones on campus. Not to mention the future NFL and NBA players who were there around that time. It’s quite exciting to think about now. 🙂

Her girls are gorgeous.

Tee on

What breathtaking little girls! They are so precious!

Amy on

@Dee: COMPLETELY. The girls on my block and I were obsessed with Mia! She’s done so much!

She has a great point but how cool would it be if she coached her own daughters though, after doing so much for women in sports and women soccer?

Jamie on

@ dee: I completely agree with you and know exactly how you feel. I played competitive soccer in the 90’s and Mia was my idol. I have her book and just loved her so much. So great to see pics of the girls with her and Nomar. They really are a gorgeous and happy family.

CelebBabyLover on

In the first picture, Grace (going by the way the photo is labeled) looks a little like Valentina Pinault to me.🙂

Sophia on

Wow, Grace and Ava are so cute and BIG! I literally thought they were only about one a half! Time flies…

jolene on

she is the best person in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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