- David Beckham: It's more important than ever that we stand up for the protection of children
- Too many children are being left behind, despite progress, Beckham writes
David Beckham, the English football star, is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)I first started working with UNICEF when I was playing football for Manchester United. During a preseason tour with the club to Thailand in 2001, I visited a local child protection center that was providing vital support to children as young as five who'd experienced violence and abuse. Seeing the organization's incredible work firsthand had a great impact on me, especially as my son Brooklyn was just 2 years old at the time, and as a new father I wanted to do what I could to help.