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Team UNICEF support

Sport gives us heroes and heroines to look up to and positive role models who inspire young people to overcome odds and aim high for success. At UNICEF, our program of Goodwill Ambassadors is a way to harness the fame and celebrity of talented people around the world to help improve the lives of children.

UNICEF’s celebrities have a wide range of talents and achievements, but they all share a commitment to help children. And in each case a celebrity’s association with UNICEF comes about because he or she has already demonstrated that commitment.

Celebrities attract attention – nowhere more than in the world of sport – and they can use their fame to focus the world on the needs of children, both in their own countries and by visiting field projects and emergency situations abroad. Celebrities can directly address those with the power to effect change. Celebrities can use their talents and fame to fundraise and advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality and protection.

At the global and national level, UNICEF counts many former Olympians, world champions, athletes and other sports personalities among its Ambassadors. Read on to explore a list of the many sports-related ambassadors who partner with UNICEF for children.

Sport Discipline
 David Beckham  Football  UK
 Leo Messi  Football  Spain, Argentina
 Serena Williams  Tennis  USA
 Yuna Kim  Skating  Korea
 Sachin Tendulkar  Cricket  India
 Madjid Bougherra  Football  Algeria
 Manu Ginobilli  Basketball  Argentina
 Steven Solomon  Track athlete  Australia
 Brett Eerton  Football  Australia
 Shakib Al Hasan  Cricket  Bangladesh
 Maxim Mirnyi  Tennis  Belarus
 Justine Henin  Tennis  Belgium
 Dimitar Berbatov  Football  Bulguria
 Karina LeBlanc  Football  Canada
 Elena Grosheva  Gymnatics  Canada
 Beckie Scott  Cross country skiing  Canada
 Ivan Zamorano  Football  Chile
 Slaven Bilic  Football  Croatia
 Patrik Elias  Ice Hockey  Czech Republic
 Tresor Lualua  Football  Dem.Rep of Congo
 Antonio Valencia  Football  Ecuador
 Jean Van de Velde  Golf  France
 Lilian Thuram  Football  France
 Bernard Lama  Football  France
 Dirk Nowitzki  Basketball  Germany
 Marcel Desailly  Football  Ghana
 Sarah Lee Wai-sze  Cycling  Hong Kong, China
 Wong Kam-Po  Cycling  Hong Kong, China
 Agnes Kovacs  Swimming  Hungary
 Rory McIlroy  Golf  Ireland 
 Dermot Earley  Gaelic Sports  Ireland 
 Joe Canning  Gaelic Sports  Ireland
 Donncha O'Callaghan  Rugby  Ireland
 Deborah Compagnoni  Skiing  Italy
 Francesco Totti  Football  Italy
 Shelly-Ann Fraser  Athlete  Jamaica
 Javier Hernández  Football  Mexico
 Frank Fredericks  Athelete  Namibia
 Agnes Samaria  Athelete  Namibia
 Ranomi Kromowidjojo  Swimming  Netherlands
 Jonah Lomu  Rugby  New Zealand
 Nwankwo Kanu  Football  Nigeria
 Kjetil Andre Aamodt  Skiing  Norway
 Ole Gunnar Solskjær  Football  Norway
 Luis Figo  Football  Portugal
 Gheorghe Hagi  Football  Romania
 Novak Djokovic  Tennis  Serbia
 Jelena Jankovic  Tennis  Serbia
 Ana Ivanovic  Tennis  Serbia
 Aleksandar Djordjevic  Basketball  Serbia
 Zlatko Zahovic  Football  Slovenia
 Marco Simeunovic  Football  Slovenia
 Quinton Fortune  Football  South Africa
 Rafael Guijosa  Handball  Spain
 Pau Gasol  Basketball  Spain
 Eusebio Sacristan  Football  Spain
 Perico Delgado  Cycling  Spain
 Ibrahim Kutluay  Basketball  Turkey
 Sir Chris Hoy  Cycling  UK
 Matt Dawson  Sports Personality  UK
 Ryan Giggs  Football  UK
 Sir Alex Ferguson  Football  UK
 Tyson Chandler  Basketball  Uruguay



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