FORMULA ONE DRIVER MICHAEL SCHUMACHER TO BE NAMED UNESCO CHAMPION FOR SPORTParis - German Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher will be named UNESCO Champion for Sport by UNESCO Director-General Ko´chiro Matsuura at a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on Monday, April 15, at 5.30 p.m., which will be followed by a press conference.
The nomination of Schumacher comes "in recognition of his role in the promotion of sport, his contribution to UNESCO's educational action in favour of young people all over the world, and his dedication to the Organization's ideals".
The four-times world champion (1994, 1995, 2000 and 2001) and driver for Ferrari since 1996 has placed sport at the service of disadvantaged children since 1995. He was named UNESCO Special Envoy for Education and Sports and donated DM250,000 to UNESCO, money paid to him by the German magazine Bunte for exclusive photo of his wedding.
Further substantial donations by him enabled the building of a school in Dakar (Senegal) in 1996 and improvements to be made in the city's slum suburb of Baraka as part of a joint UNESCO/Enda Third World project. In 1997, his generosity made possible the opening in Sarajevo of a clinic to help child war victims heal their psychological wounds and teach young amputees to use artificial limbs. This year, Schumacher's donations will fund theopening, in Lima (Peru), of a "Palace of the Poor", a centre for street children that will provide them with shelter, food, medical care and pre-school education.
Other leading sports figures have rallied to UNESCO's cause, including French judo champion David Douillet and football player Edson Arantes de Nascimiento, better known as "King Pele."
Journalists wishing to attend the ceremony can request an invitation from UNESCO's
Press Service, tel. 01 45 68 17 48.