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Global Girls Football Day Panel Discussion: The role of sports in child development

Who:   Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF
Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA 
Reiko Niimi, UNICEF Brazil Country Representative
Mary Harvey, Director, Development Division, FIFA 
Christophe Forax, Eur. Comm. on Education and Culture, Brussels
Doreen Greenberg, Women’s Sports Foundation, USA
Shiny Wilson, former Olympian, India 

What:  Leading experts in sports and child development will discuss the realities that rob children of the chance to play sports and get an education, and explore the powerful role of sports in restoring these basic rights. UNICEF and FIFA will reaffirm their joint commitment to reach and improve more young lives through the power of football.

When:  Saturday, 11 October 2003 – Global Girls Football Day
9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Panel discussion with Carol Bellamy and Sepp Blatter
11 a.m. Photo opportunity with Carol Bellamy and Sepp Blatter

Where:  Ocean Ballroom, Westin Long Beach Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Why: Like the right to an education, the right to play is vital for a child's development. Children who play sports learn important social skills and core values and tend to be healthier, but far too often - particularly in developing countries – girls are relegated to the sidelines.

The 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the USA is dedicated to Go Girls! Education for Every Child, UNICEF’s global campaign to get more girls into school.

Globally, 67 million girls are not in school. This is a massive denial of human rights and potential that sets back any effort to break the cycle   of poverty, improve the health of women and children and ensure that all children - girls and boys alike - get a quality basic education. 

Through their partnership, UNICEF and FIFA are committed to finding more ways that sports can help ensure that more children are included on the playing field and in the classroom.


For further information, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, Los Angeles (917) 796-9845
Allison Hickling, UNICEF Media, New York (212) 326-7224




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