UEFA adds $5M for charity work, teams with boxer Klitschko
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has increased annual funding by more than $4 million for its children’s charity, and added former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko as a trustee.
The European soccer body said Friday it more than doubled funding for the UEFA Foundation for Children 6.8 million euros ($7.7 million) per year instead of 3 million euros ($3.4 million).
The foundation has picked 45 new projects to get funding — including in Nepal, South Sudan and Venezuela — to lift its involvement to more than 100 worldwide.
The new projects include one in Ukrainian schools with the Klitschko Foundation.
“We are in a privileged position,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said, “and we must use this to help children living in challenging and difficult circumstances around the world.”