To commemorate World Children's Day — Nov. 20 — school kids in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, go head to head on the soccer field, wearing blue to represent UNICEF's universal call to action: to celebrate, defend and promote the rights of children everywhere.

Sports play a key role in the work of UNICEF. In the field, sport is a critical tool in fostering community engagement, teaching kids about teamwork and inclusion, creating safe spaces, and overall childhood development. In the United States, we harness the uniting power of sports and bring focus to the global issues facing children today.

UNICEF USA Sports Partnerships consist of a robust network of U.S.-based leagues, teams, and individual athletes who advocate and fundraise on behalf of the UNICEF mission: save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help fulfill their potential. Together, we are sharing compelling stories across channels and platforms of work being done with UNICEF to help children, empowering kids to make a difference in the world and in their own communities with UNICEF Kid Power, and rallying fans around the importance of putting children first.

We're incredibly grateful for our ongoing work with the NBA, NFL, MLB and MLS, our integrated partnership with WWE, and our direct partnerships with athletes and teams across all of these leagues, including the PGA and LPGA. 

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