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The experiential educational concept is being expanded from Stuttgart to the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region
The Dietmar Hopp Foundation supports move & do and other projects of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation with a total of three million euros

Stuttgart, April 14, 2015 - The Laureus adventure educational project move & do is being expanded from the Stuttgart district to the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and is starting in the EXTREM climbing center in Mannheim.

The adventure educational program move & do is one of currently 13 projects of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Germany / Austria and has set itself the goal of strengthening young people's self-confidence and promoting their social skills.

Move & do has been active in Stuttgart at the interface between sport and youth welfare for nine years. The Sportkreis Stuttgart and the Stuttgarter Jugendhausgesellschaft are the sponsors of the program in Stuttgart, Laureus has been a sponsor since it was launched in 2006.

Modules of practical sports work include climbing, raft building, cooperative games, high and low rope courses, cave tours and archery. The offers are mainly aimed at children and young people between the ages of seven and 21. Move & do can be requested from schools, child and youth welfare organizations and sports clubs. The number of appointments with a group vary depending on the needs of the classes. In the interests of sustainable work, there are usually seven appointments with different modules.

move & do is now being launched in Mannheim and in the region. As part of the program, experiential educational measures are initiated at the Mannheim schools that promote team building as well as the self-esteem and self-confidence of the students.

Sports Mayor Lothar Quast, in whose sports and leisure department the project is based, emphasized: “It is a great pleasure and also an opportunity for the city of Mannheim to establish move & do in Mannheim. Sport outside of school already has a high priority here. With move & do, special methods can be used to link sport to school ”. Years of experience in practical work in Stuttgart will help establish the project successfully in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.

The Sportkreis Stuttgart established the contacts to Mannheim and advised the city. move & do Stuttgart will continue to support the move & do Mannheim project after the start, close cooperation and constant exchange are planned.

The expansion of move & do and other Laureus projects in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is mainly thanks to the generous donation of three million euros from the Dietmar Hopp Foundation. In January 2014, Laureus ambassador Jens Lehmann gave the go-ahead for the Laureus project Kicking Girls in Ludwigshafen, in December 2014 the Laureus ambassadors Fredi Bobic and Birgit Prinz started the Laureus project KICKFORMORE in Speyer.

The Dietmar Hopp Foundation was established in 1995 to enable the implementation of charitable projects in the fields of youth sports, medicine, social affairs and education. The focus of the funding activities is in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, with which the founder feels particularly connected. "Move & do effectively supports schools in the implementation of sporty and playful exercise programs that promote the social skills of the students and promote cohesion in the class. We are pleased that the association is now also offering its program to regional schools, ”said Katrin Tönshoff, head of the Dietmar Hopp Foundation.

Paul Schif, Managing Director of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Germany / Austria, is also pleased about the start of the project in Mannheim: “Our aim is to steadily expand the Laureus sports projects in order to be able to support even more socially disadvantaged children and young people in the long term . I would like to thank the Dietmar Hopp Foundation for the fact that we can now establish the successful Laureus project move & do in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region in order to achieve social change through sport here too. "

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Germany / Austria already supports 13 projects with move & do: Kicking Girls, KICK im boxing ring, KICK on Ice, KICK the Ropes, Kids for future, KICKFOR-MORE, Baskets for Cologne, Coole Pänz, KidSwing, Mithorses make strong, sport friends and snow tigers.

The following personalities support the idea of ​​Laureus in Germany and Austria: Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Verena Bentele, Ole Bischof, Stefan Blöcher, Fredi Bobic, Martin Braxenthaler, Anna Fenninger, Jan Frodeno, Manuel Fumic, Moritz Fürste, Felix Gottwald , Maria Höfl-Riesch, Christa Kinshofer, Franz Klammer, Philip Köster, Nia Künzer, Christoph Langen, Jens Lehmann, Hermann Maier, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Thomas Muster, Birgit Prinz, Nico Rosberg, Axel Schulz, Ralf Schumacher, Marcel Siem, Felix Sturm, Michael Teuber, Katarina Witt and Kathi Wörndl.

For more information, please contact:

Bärbel Mees
Laureus PR Manager Germany / Austria
Tel: +49 (0) 176-104 311 02
Email: baerbel. Mees @ laureus. De
Website: www. Laureus. De

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

“Sport has the power to change the world. He has the power to inspire. He has the power to unite people in a way that little else can. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair ”- this is the motto that Nelson Mandela of the global Laureus Sport for Good Foundation gave when the Laureus World Sports Awards were first presented in 2000.

But there is also a lot for Laureus to do in this country: With all its strength and the far-reaching influence of its prominent ambassadors, the German Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has been campaigning for social change here since it was founded in 2001. The foundation has also been supporting Austria since 2009.
With the help of 13 projects in Germany and Austria, far more than 50,000 children have been reached whose lives and social circumstances have been significantly improved through sports projects. The goal of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Germany / Austria is to continuously make the world a little better for as many children as possible. With the help of the universal language sport, coupled with socio-educational support, the children and young people are taught that they are something special, have a sense of self-worth and can hope for a better future.
Regardless of gender, origin, religion, social class or health restrictions, the project managers and prominent sponsors take the children by the hand and work with them to face today's social challenges such as integration, discrimination and drug abuse. Whether ice hockey, boxing, golf, soccer, basketball or winter sports: The participating children discover their talents and skills and develop values ​​such as discipline and determination - qualities that also help them in everyday life.
The projects receive valuable support from the four German and Austrian Laureus Academy members Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Franz Klammer and Katarina Witt and the currently 27 Laureus ambassadors: Verena Bentele, Ole Bischof, Stefan Blöcher, Fredi Bobic, Martin Braxenthaler, Anna Fenninger, Jan Frodeno, Manuel Fumic, Moritz Fürste, Felix Gottwald, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Christa Kinshofer, Philip Köster, Nia Künzer, Christoph Langen, Jens Lehmann, Hermann Maier, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Thomas Muster, Birgit Prinz, Nico Rosberg, Axel Schulz, Ralf Schuma-cher, Marcel Siem, Felix Sturm, Michael Teuber and Kathi Wörndl.

Laureus connects people all over the world, always with the aim of harnessing the power of sport to bring about and achieve social change. The global Laureus movement is made up of the three core elements “Laureus World Sports Academy”, “Laureus World Sports Awards” and “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”.

The currently 50 members of the Laureus Academy volunteer their commitment as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in the service of a good cause.

Here are the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy: Giacomo Agostini, Marcus Allen, Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Sergey Bubka, Bobby Charlton, Sebastian Coe, Nadia Comaneci, Deng Yaping, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Mick Doohan, David Douillet , Rahul Dravid, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick, Dawn Fraser, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Gray-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mika Häkkinen, Tony Hawk, Mike Horn, Miguel Indurain, Michael Johnson, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Tegla Loroupe, Dan Marino, Edwin Moses (Chairman / Chairman), Nawal El Moutawakel, Robby Naish, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Alexej Nemov, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Steve Redgrave, Vivian Richards, Monica Seles, Mark Spitz , Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Steve Waugh, Katarina Witt, Li Xiaopeng and Yang Yang.

Since its inception, Laureus has raised more than € 60 million worldwide for over 150 projects in 35 countries that have improved the lives of more than 1.5 million socially disadvantaged children and young people. The foundation is primarily dedicated to the problems of today's youth - including poverty, social exclusion, armed violence, gang education and discrimination.

Laureus was founded by Daimler AG and Richemont and is supported by its global partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen.

Mercedes Benz

As the oldest automobile manufacturer in the world, Mercedes-Benz can look back on a long and unique tradition. Mercedes-Benz is the most valuable premium automobile brand in the automotive sector and stands for first-class quality, safety, comfort, design and sustainable mobility. The car manufacturer has an excellent reputation, especially as a pioneer in the field of safety. Many technical innovations that are standard in all vehicles today were first introduced by Mercedes-Benz. The developers and designers at Mercedes-Benz will continue to reinvent the automobile again and again in the future - with the same enthusiasm and innovative spirit as Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz in 1886. Mercedes-Benz has also been involved in professional and amateur sports for many decades established itself as a reliable partner in the fields of motorsport, soccer, golf, riding and tennis. The brand with the star is one of the global partners of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Since the foundation was established in 2000, Mercedes-Benz has supported and promoted the goals and values ​​of this global non-profit program that combats social problems through sport. Laureus has become a fundamental part of Mercedes-Benz's social responsibility.

IWC Schaffhausen

With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been making timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has made a name for itself internationally with its passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity.As one of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC produces masterpieces of haute horlogerie that combine engineering and precision with exclusive design. As part of corporate social responsibility, IWC is the driving force behind the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Active climate protection and ecological responsibility are also part of the IWC company philosophy. The traditional Swiss manufacturer has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 90 percent within a few years and has been certified as a CO2-neutral company since summer 2007.

Dietmar Hopp Foundation

The Dietmar Hopp Foundation was founded in 1995 to enable the implementation of charitable projects. The foundation's assets consist mainly of SAP shares that Dietmar Hopp brought in from his private possession. The foundation, one of the largest private foundations in Europe, has distributed over 410 million euros since it was founded. The focus of the funding activities is in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, with which the founder feels particularly connected. Upon request, the foundation supports projects by non-profit organizations in the fields of youth sports, medicine, social affairs and education. In addition, the Dietmar Hopp Foundation implements its statutory purposes through its own funding campaigns. The latest campaign under the title “alla hopp!‘ ‘Aims to inspire all generations for more exercise. Therefore, the foundation donates exercise and meeting facilities to 18 municipalities in the region with a total value of 40 million euros. The Dietmar Hopp Foundation is a member of the Federal Association of German Foundations, im
Association for the Future of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region and in the Sport Region Rhein-Neckar e.V.

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