Michael Schumacher (1969) was the undisputed king of Formula One auto racing throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s. As a teenager, Schumacher raced karts, becoming the German and European Karting champion in 1987. By 1991 he was racing Formula 1 cars, winning his first Grand Prix a year later. Racing for Benetton, Schumacher won his first World Champion title in 1994. After four years with Benetton, he began driving for Ferrari, and in 2000 brought them their first world title in 21 years. His 2004 year is now legendary: he won 13 races in 18 tries, and claimed an unprecedented seventh overall championship. Schumacher remained a dominant force in the sport of Formula 1 racing through 2006, when he retired at the end of the season.
From the moment that Michael Schumacher’s career got seriously launched, he felt the need to help children. He came into contact with UNESCO through Mrs. Ute-Henriette Ohoven, who is UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Education of Children in Need.
Michael Schumacher has been
named a UNESCO Champion for Sport. At a ceremony at UNESCO's Headquarters on
Other donations from the F1 driver paid for the
construction of a school in
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last revised: 28 March 2010