Disney spotlights stories encouraging young athletes to dream big with their new global campaign

Disney recently announced their #DreamBigPrincess campaign which is uniting people across the globe and taking inspiration to a new level. In one epic initiative, 19 female photographers from 15 countries have created a series of images, showcasing incredible real-life stories while highlighting the true power behind the Disney Princesses and how their tales make a difference to children all over the world.

Some of the incredible subjects behind the photos include a gold medal-winning Chinese Paralympian, the founder of the first female cycling team in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, and a young surf champion from Brazil. Disney first launched the campaign in 2016, and through its collaboration with Girl Up, they’re aiming to make a difference by showing kids that overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams is possible for anyone.

Former collegiate soccer player and professional photographer, Kate T. Parker, explained in a recent press statement, “I try to show girls things that are out of the box; that girls can be anything, that girls can do anything. Trying to expand the definition of strength through Princesses and through what Disney already does, is really such an amazing opportunity.”

Parker spent some time photographing 14-year-old, Grace Bunke. After being diagnosed with cancer, Grace underwent a drastic surgery to remove her foot and have it reattached in reverse where her knee joint once was, so that she could continue to enjoy her favorite activity, running. “It’s important to dream big because you don’t know what you can accomplish until you try,” Grace expressed in a press statement.

Photographs will be shared across social media channels to help raise funds for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment. The good news is that everyone can take part in the initiative. From now until Oct. 11, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using the hashtag #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, which will help in their $1 million dollar fundraising effort.

To check out images of the campaign, head over to the Disney Princess Facebook page. You can find additional information on Disney's website. To see Disney On Ice: Dream Big, you can get your tickets right here on AXS.