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|During the semi-finals of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Giants Stadium, UNICEF and CONCACAF signed an agreement to form a long term partnership to advance the rights of children.|
Kun Li and Maya Dollarhide
NEW YORK, 22 July 2005 – CONCACAF - the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football - and UNICEF are working together to help children across the region.
This year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup is dedicated to UNICEF and the children of Latin America and the Caribbean. Last night during semi-finals - held at Giants Stadium near New York City - the two organizations held a ceremony to tell fans that football is not only a game, it is also an important conduit in helping children.
“The relationship with CONCACAF is extremely important for UNICEF because CONCACAF is able to reach millions of people who care about the rights of the children,” said Andres Franco, UNICEF Representative in Peru. “UNICEF believes that sports and play must be part and parcel of every child’s life: girl and boy, advantaged and disadvantaged, talented and instinctive.”
CONCACAF President Jack Warner reinforced this message, adding: “As the most popular sport in the world, football has the potential to be a tremendous power for good, especially for young people. Through this relationship we will explore ways to harness the power of football to have a positive impact on the lives of children across this region.”
The partnership will promote football throughout North and Central America and the Caribbean, helping to fulfil every child’s right to play and recreation. It will also spotlight the challenges the region’s children face, such as the ever-increasing threat of HIV/AIDS and violence.
UNICEF works with a broad range of sporting partners including FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and the Asian Cricket Council, to build a better world for every child – through the power of sport.
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