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Disney to Donate Almost One Million Dollars Globally With "Disney Friends for Change Games," Premiering June 24 on Disney Channel and June 27 on Disney XD
Over 30 Disney stars from around the globe will compete in a series of fun physical challenges inspired by everyday "green" acts.

[via press release from Disney Channel]



Bridgit Mendler ("Good Luck Charlie," "Lemonade Mouth") Performs New Disney's Friends for Change Anthem

Disney will donate nearly $1 million dollars globally through Disney's Friends for Change, its multiplatform pro-social initiative, and the new "Disney Friends for Change Games" that helps kids help the planet and their communities. Over 30 Disney Channel and Disney XD stars from around the globe will compete in "Disney Friends for Change Games," a series of fun physical challenges inspired by everyday "green" acts. Four teams will play on behalf of an environmental charity -- Fauna and Flora International, World Wildlife Fund, Ocean Conservancy and UNICEF. For five weeks beginning FRIDAY, JUNE 24, Disney Channel will present "Disney Friends for Change Games" in interstitials during its Friday, Saturday and Sunday primetime original series programming, and Disney XD will present a special episode from the games Monday nights beginning JUNE 27 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT). The Games will culminate with a special half-hour episode SUNDAY, JULY 31 on Disney Channel.

18-year-old actress and Hollywood Records recording artist Bridgit Mendler ("Good Luck Charlie," "Lemonade Mouth") co-wrote and performed the new Disney's Friends for Change anthem, "We Can Change The World," a buoyant pop/rock song to be released globally starting FRIDAY, JUNE 10. All proceeds from the song will go towards environmental charities through Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

As part of "Disney Friends for Change Games," Disney will make a $125,000 donation to each charity and the winning team's charity will receive an additional $100,000 donation from Disney. Beginning JUNE 10, kids and families worldwide are invited to visit Disney.com/projectgreen, and Friends for Change international sites to pledge actions they will take in to help the planet. To date, over four million pledges have been made by kids worldwide. Young planet crusaders can play online versions of the games that took place during "Disney Friends for Change Games" and donate their earned points to their favorite teams. The team with the most online points will be named the regional "Fan Favorite" team and awarded an additional $100,000 for their team's charity. Kids can also participate by creating a piece of online art for the Disney Friends for Change Games Group Wall at Disney.com/Create.

Tiffany Thornton ("So Random") and Jason Earles ("Kickin' It") host the telecasts. Maria Canals-Barrera ("Wizards of Waverly Place") joins them to provide players support.

The teams are:

Blue Team playing to benefit Ocean Conservancy

Captain: Debby Ryan ("Jessie"), Allisyn Ashley Arm ("So Random"), Olavo Cavalheiro (Disney Channel Brazil), Hutch Dano ("Zeke and Luther"), Roshon Fegan ("Shake It Up"), Doc Shaw ("Pair of Kings"), Stefanie Scott ("A.N.T. Farm") and Jake Short ("A.N.T. Farm").

Green Team playing to benefit Fauna and Flora International

Captain: Brandon Mychal Smith ("So Random"), Valeria Baroni (Disney Channel Argentina), Paula Dalli (Disney Channel Spain), Adam Hicks ("Zeke and Luther"), David Henrie ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), Sterling Knight ("So Random"), Ryan Ochoa ("Pair of Kings"), Eve Ottino (Disney Channel France) and Bella Thorne ("Shake It Up").

Yellow Team playing to benefit UNICEF

Captain: Bridgit Mendler ("Good Luck Charlie"), Jorge Blanco (Disney Channel Mexico), Valentina Colombo (Disney Channel Italy), Adam Irigoyen ("Shake It Up"), China Anne McClain ("A.N.T. Farm"), Sierra McCormick ("A.N.T. Farm"), Logan Miller ("I'm In The Band") and Gregg Sulkin ("Wizards of Waverly Place" and Disney Channel UK).

Red Team playing to benefit World Wildlife Fund

Captain: Mitchel Musso ("Pair of Kings"), Jake T. Austin ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), Doug Brochu ("So Random"), Kelsey Chow ("Pair of Kings"), Davis Cleveland ("Shake It Up"), Dean Delannoit (Disney Channel Holland and Belgium), Carlon Jeffrey ("A.N.T. Farm"), and Zendaya ("Shake It Up").

*Special guest Leo Howard ("Kickin' It") will also participate.

"Disney Friends for Change Games" are executive-produced by Art Spigel ("Disney Channel Games") and Hayma 'Screech' Washington ("Amazing Race") for Dario Productions, Inc., and filmed on location in Simi Valley, California. The production was eco-conscious to ensure best efforts were made to lighten impact on the environment.

Disney's Friends for Change is a multi-platform initiative that helps inspire kids and families to join together and make a positive impact on their world (and the people and animals that live there). Through PSAs on-air and online tool-kits, the program aims to provide useful information to help kids make small changes that add up to big differences. As part of the program, Disney donates $1 million dollars annually to fund projects all around the globe and has funded over 41 projects that help the planet ranging from educational & community programs to species & habitat protection. Friends for Change currently has over 4 million actions taking place from kids in 33 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Japan, India and China. For more information, please visit http://disney.go.com/projectgreen.

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 99 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

  [may 2011]  


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