Tennis champ Federer is UNICEF envoy
The appointment was made a day after Roger Federer won his fourth title of the season.india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 11:39 IST
Tennis champion Roger Federer will be UNICEF's latest goodwill ambassador, the appointment made a day after he won his fourth title of the season.
The Swiss made a planned stopover in New York to accept the honour after lifting the Miami Masters trophy on Sunday.
"I am very proud and honoured, we share the same sort of vision," said Federer, who funds his own charity in South Africa aimed at underprivileged children.
"I am very happy to see that they (UN) are working together with the ATP too. I think that is a very important step. I am looking forward to trying to help kids and children around the world."
Grammy award winner Shakira, also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, joined Federer at the UNICEF headquarters.
She presented Federer with the UNICEF pin: "Welcome, Roger. It is great what you have been doing with your foundation and you now plan to expand to the world through UNICEF."
Other ambassadors include David Beckham, Roger Moore, the late Danny Kaye and Audrey Hepburn.
Federer joined more than 500 guests including fellow sports stars and government leaders as 'The Report on the International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005' was presented to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
In 2003, the tennis player established the Roger Federer Foundation to fund projects benefiting disadvantaged children, primarily in South Africa where his mother was raised, and to promote sports among the young.