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UNICEF to become a partner of European Basketball Championship Men 2013

The Local Organizing Committee EuroBasket 2015 and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have agreed on cooperation in the framework of staging the U16 European Championship Men 2013 in Ukraine. EuroBasket 2015 Tournament Director Markian Lubkivskyi and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Ukraine Yukie Mokuo have had a meeting and discussed the social projects to be implemented during the U16 championship.

According to Markian Lubkivskyi, the U16 European Basketball Championship is not only a sports event, but also a social one: “For the first time in its history the U16 basketball championship is held in Ukraine offering us a good chance not only to see exciting basketball game by young players but also to draw the society’s attention to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and attracting children to sports, namely basketball”.

“Sport is an important element of a child’s development. We believe that engaging UNICEF as the Tournament’s social partner will not only allow us holding an informational campaign but will also help to carry out bigger projects”, - stresses the Tournament Director.

UNICEF Ukraine Representative Yukie Mokuo said: “I am very happy that UNICEF Ukraine will be a partner of the U16 European Championship. That will help us to raise public awareness on the importance of protection of children’s rights, their physical education and cultural development. Our partnership will focus on the basketball promotion along with the importance of the protection of children’s rights, especially those who are the most socially vulnerable. Sport is an important platform for their physical and spiritual education. We are looking forward to joint sports activities to improve the lives of children in Ukraine”.

U16 European Championship is the European Basketball Championship among the national teams of players under 16 years of age. The Championship was first held in 1971 under the name of the European Cadet Championship and used to be held every two years. Since 2004, the Championship has been held every year. The national team of the Former Yugoslavia holds the record of winning the Championship nine times and the USSR national team won the title thrice. The acting U16 European Championship is the national team of Turkey.

This year U16 European Basketball Championship Men is to be held in Kyiv Palace of Sports from August 8 to August 18 bringing together 16 best European teams competing for the most prestigious basketball prize. Tickets are sold via the Internet: and at the ticket office of the Palace of Sports. Details: Join us on Facebook and ВКонтакте.

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world leader in protection of children’s rights and interests. The Fund works in more than 190 countries for protection and support of children from early childhood through adolescence. Programs of UNICEF are entirely financed by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. Office of the Fund was opened in Ukraine in 1997. For more information visit Join us on Twitter, Facebook and ВКонтакте.



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