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Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association Support UNICEF Japan

MLB and and MLBPA's $500,000 gift to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF marks start of partnership to benefit Japan's children


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The March 11 tsunami and 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan devastated the nation.

Resources to help provide for the very unique needs of children affected by the unprecedented nature of the disaster are critically needed. 

These may include health, development and child protection resources that may have been compromised or disrupted in the wake of catastrophe.

Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association lend support

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) are joining together to contribute $500,000 toward earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan to UNICEF and will be encouraging baseball fans to support the effort during Opening Week and dates following.

MLB is dedicating substantial national and global media to support this important cause. This includes airing public service announcements on the MLB Network encouraging fans to make donations and featuring links on to direct fans to make online contributions to UNICEF.

The swift and on-going League-wide support from all 30 Major League Baseball Clubs is providing vital support at this critical juncture.

UNICEF in Japan

Headquartered in Tokyo with 27 offices throughout the country, the Japan Committee for UNICEF was established in 1955 to educate, advocate and raise funds in support of UNICEF. The Japan Committee for UNICEF is using its network of relationships with private citizens, local NGOs, volunteers, schools and the business community in Japan to help identify children in need of support, and the best programs and approaches to assist them.

The government of Japan is also a close ally in UNICEF's work to save and improve children's lives, consistently among the organization's top donors to regular programs and emergency programs. In fact, UNICEF operates a separate office in Tokyo for fundraising and advocacy with the Japanese government. UNICEF's 60-year collaboration with Japan is one of the most significant in its history.

UNICEF has unrivaled expertise in responding to the unique needs of children affected by disasters of all sorts. Children are the same no matter where they live, and they have special needs and concerns in the aftermath of disasters. With your help, UNICEF will continue to be there for the children of Japan in the weeks and months to come.