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Tennis world champion Horia Tecau ups his game for children as National Ambassador for UNICEF in Romania

BUCHAREST, April 11, 2017 - Tennis world champion Horia Tecau is the new National Ambassador for UNICEF in Romania, joining a group a sports people and celebrities already committed to the cause of children.”Horia Tecau is more than a tennis world champion, he is also a champion for children. For many years he has been a proponent for children and their access to health and quality education”, declared Sandie Blanchet, UNICEF Representative in Romania. ”We rejoice in having Horia with us as National Ambassador for UNICEF in Romania. Together we can persuade more people that education must be a priority if we want happy children and a better future for us all,” added Blanchet.

Tecau first supported the efforts of the UNICEF team in Romania in December 2016, when he gave his voice and stature to the organisation’s call for UNICEF Messengers, pledge agents for vulnerable children in Romania and internationally. Recently, he saw the work of UNICEF in the county of Bacau, where he visited the commune of Motoseni, one of the 45 communities where UNICEF models Community Services for Children, a pilot intervention documented with a national scale up in mind.

”I am honoured to be appointed as National Ambassador for UNICEF in Romania and pledge to support the preservation of children’s rights, especially their access to kindergarten and school”, said Tecau. „What I saw in Bacau gives me motivation and hope that all children in Romania can grow up in a family, enjoy love and protection, go to kindergarten and school, and be the best they can be,” he continued.

Like international ambassadors David Beckham, Shakira, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and national ambassadors TV presenter and journalist Andreea Marin, World Cup All-Star Team football player Gheorghe Hagi and TV presenter and pop star Smiley, Horia Tecau will draw the public’s attention to the messages of vulnerable children, contributing to the preservation of their rights and a better chance in life.

”In my career I have learned that it takes long term effort and a team to get the best results. We must unite our efforts for the children of Romania, so they can receive quality inclusive education and make their dreams come true,” said Horia Tecau, whose exceptional results as a team player include the first Olympic medal in Romanian tennis alongside Florin Mergea in Rio 2016 and the number 1 position in doubles rankings with his partner Jean-Julien Rojer. He is the first Romanian tennis player hold the title after Ilie Nastase in 1973.

Horia Tecau has been a professional tennis player for 14 years and won 30 world titles, including Dubai 2017, Madrid 2016, Wimbledon 2015, Champions Tour 2015, Australian Open 2012, Cincinatti 2012, and Auckland 2010.

Watch Tecau’s visit to the commune of Motoseni, one of the 45 communities where UNICEF models Community Services for Children:

© UNICEF Romania/ Christian Kostyak/ Horia Tecau visited the „Gheorghe Nechita" secondary school of Motoseni, Bacau, where UNICEF pilots a Community Services for Children intervention.



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