|Manchester United plays Juventus during the “ChampionsWorld Summer 2003 Tour”. All the games during the exhibition tour have been dedicated to UNICEF.|
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The United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF and Manchester United launched the ‘United for UNICEF’ partnership in November 1999, with the aim of harnessing the power of football and the global influence of Manchester United to improve the lives of children around the world.
By January 2003 the club had raised more than £1 million to support UNICEF’s essential work to help provide children with an education. Through this partnership, Manchester United and its players have helped draw the world’s attention to the plight of children in Afghanistan, Thailand, India, southern Africa and Iraq.
|UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and internationally known Liberian football player George Weah addresses the audience at the ‘United for UNICEF’ event on the North Lawn at UN Headquarters.|
More than 50 per cent of the £1 million donation was pledged to education projects in India, in particularly West Bengal. To date in West Bengal, ‘United for UNICEF’ has supported the training of 841 teachers and helped to equip almost 850 alternative learning centres. For the first time in their lives 350,000 boys and girls have also been provided with a quality primary education. ‘United for UNICEF’ also supported the Gujarat Emergency appeal after the earthquake Jannuary/February 2001.
From 22 July to 4 August 2003, Manchester United is in the United States to face other well-known football clubs as part of the “Champions World Summer 2003 Tour.” During their U.S. stay, they will be up against four different teams in four U.S. cities.
|A boy kicks a football during a penalty shoot-out at the 'United for UNICEF' event. The children are from the Brooklyn Patriots and the Manhattan Spirit youth soccer teams in the state of New York.|
Through the support of the tour organizer, Champions World, each game will include elements that highlight UNICEF global efforts in child protection, aiming to increase awareness about issues affecting children around the world. There will be public service announcements aired during the games on children’s protection and a message about UNICEF and child protection in the programme.
While in New York City, Manchester United will stop at the United Nations on 29 July. Players -- including Roy Carroll, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ryan Giggs, Quinton Fortune and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson -- will meet United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Mrs. Nane Annan and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. Together, they will hold a “football skills clinic” at an event set to highlight the success of the ‘United for UNICEF’ partnership whilst focusing on Manchester United’s support for UNICEF and child protection (including and end to children’s exploitation). The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is asking American children to take part in the skills clinic, and media will be present to capture the event.
Earlier this year, the 'United for UNICEF' partnership was renewed for a further three years and it will play a key role in raising funds for and awareness about child exploitation issues.
This commitment to the lives and potential of children makes 'United for UNICEF' a unique and powerful partnership between the most internationally influential football club and the world’s largest organization working for children.
Schedule of games:
22 July, Manchester United vs. Celtic in Seattle, Washington.
27 July, Manchester United vs. Club America in Los Angeles, California.
31 July, Manchester United vs. Juventus at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
3 August, Manchester United ends its USA tour in a game against Barcelona in Philadelphia.
PresentationUNICEF places importance on the power of sport as a vehicle to achieve goals in the healthy development of children and adolescents and in peace-building efforts. View the presentation:
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Read more about Manchester United's work with UNICEF (external link--non-UNICEF site, opens in a new window).