David Beckham Kicks Off His 'Seven Games In Seven Continents' Adventure for UNICEF
"Team bus on the way to our first match in Papua New Guinea," the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador captioned an Instagram photo from his trip on Wednesday
David Beckham has kicked off his global journey.
Beckham – who will play seven soccer games in seven continents to raise awareness and funds for UNICEF – took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a few snaps from his extraordinary trip.
“Team bus on the way to our first match in Papua New Guinea,” the father of four captioned the photo. “7 games in 7 continents…#LoveOfTheGame.” Beckham’s charitable adventure will also be the subject of a BBC One documentary.
Along with Papua New Guinea, Beckham – who launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund earlier this year to mark his 10-year anniversary as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador – will also travel to Nepal, Buenos Aires, Djibouti, Miami and Antarctica, where he will play soccer matches with people from the local community.
“I remember sitting on a plane and discussing this idea with friends and never thinking it would become a reality,” Beckham, 40, said, according to BBC One. “I’m genuinely excited now we can realise this ambitious idea.”
He continued: “Whether as a player or out in the field for UNICEF and other charitable partners, I have seen the transformational effect that sport and in particular football has on people’s lives. This epic journey will allow me to show the positive side of the game I love and shine a light on the passion and selflessness of people that play this sport as a force for good.”
Beckham’s wife, Victoria couldn’t help but share how proud she is of her husband. “David in Papua New Guinea on his 7 games in 7 continents trip x vb #LoveOfTheGame @Unicef,” she wrote along with a photo of Beckham.
Beckham’s final game, the UNICEF Match for Children, will take place at Old Trafford field – home of the Manchester United team whom Beckham played with until 2003 – on Nov. 14 and will mark Beckham’s first time playing an official match since his retirement in 2013.