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December 30, 2012
Hamm, Lilly, Rampone to participate in Soccer Night in Newtown

Add three more soccer personalities who will participate in Soccer Night in Newtown, Conn. on Monday, Jan. 7.

Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti said on twitter that current U.S. women's national team captain Christie Rampone and retired stars and legends Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly said they will be part of the night.

Canetti made the announcements on three separate tweets during the holiday season.

ESPN announcer and National Soccer Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas also has volunteered to attend.

Rampone captained the United States to its third Olympic gold medal last August.

Hamm, who retired in 2004, has scored more international goals -- 158 -- than any man or woman on the planet.

Lilly, a Wilton, Conn. native who called it a career in 2008, holds the record for most international appearances -- 352.

"The list of soccer celebs keeps growing," Canetti said on twitter.

Twenty-six people, including 20 school children, died in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.

Canetti, a Quinnipiac University graduate who grew up in Connecticut, decided to hold an event that would "help out a community that's hurting right now."

Dynamo players Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark, Corey Ashe and Tally Hall also will participate in the event.

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