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August 25, 2014

Disney and ESPN Brazil Celebrate a Decade of Caravana do Esporte

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN
Disney recently joined ESPN Brazil in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Caravana do Esporte (Sports Caravan), a project created in part by ESPN and managed by the Institute of Sports and Education in close collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Brazil.
August 11, 2014

'Star Wars': Force for Change Raises $4.26 Million for UNICEF

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
With an exciting initiative that offered a chance to win unique rewards and prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize, "Star Wars": Force for Change raised $4.26 million for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Contributions were received from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was raised to support the equivalent of seven to eight new UNICEF Innovation Labs. The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver, Colorado, who will enjoy a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set and will be fitted with a costume and filmed for a scene in "Star Wars": Episode VII.
May 21, 2014

'Star Wars': Force for Change Initiative Unveiled

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

The latest news from the set of "Star Wars": Episode VII is a brand-new Star Wars charitable initiative launched today by Disney and Lucasfilm, in collaboration with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. Continuing Disney’s ongoing commitment to creating a brighter tomorrow for kids and families, the aptly named "Star Wars": Force for Change was developed with a goal of finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

January 30, 2013

UNICEF Launches Play Initiative with $1 Million Grant from Disney

By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company
The P.L.A.Y. initiative is a pilot program created by UNICEF – and supported by a $1-million founding grant from Disney – that brings portable playground units to children living in disaster-recovery conditions and extreme poverty. We recently caught up with Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, to learn more about the program and the impact it's having.