Major League Baseball

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

The March 11, 2011 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.

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 MLB.com 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.