• The award is representative for their initiative WeKickCorona
  • Initiative has already collected over € 3.7 million for corona affected people

    Berlin/Munich, 3 April 2020 - Representing the commitment of numerous football players in times of the Corona crisis, the German Football Ambassador Association awards this year's honorary award to the initiators of WeKickCorona, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. Together, they launched their idea for immediate aid for corona virus victims, and with a personal donation of one million euros, they also gave the kick-off themselves.

    Over € 3.7 million have been collected so far and 90 aid projects in Germany have already been selected or supported. Not only more than 2,700 private donors but also prominent football players in Germany, such as Mats Hummels and Julian Brandt, have responded to the appeal. With Leroy Sané (Manchester) the initiative then became international and within a few days other "ambassadors of German football" playing abroad were on board, including Thilo Kehrer and Julian Draxler (Paris), Benedikt Höwedes (Moscow), Benjamin Henrichs (Monaco), Max Meyer (London) or Julian Weigl (Lisbon).

    Roland Bischof, President of the German Football Ambassador Association: "We honour Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka with their initiative on behalf of all those who, through their commitment, support this great project in order to provide rapid assistance."

    The official handover of the award this year unfortunately cannot take place at the annual award ceremony in May by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, as this event had to be cancelled also due to the Covid-19 virus - an alternative solution is currently being worked on. Nevertheless, both initiators were very pleased about the recognition of their initiative by the award. Joshua Kimmich: "Health is above all, and the solidarity of all of us is more than ever in demand in these times. This was and is our common drive. We are grateful for the tremendous support." Leon Goretzka added: "This joint initiative is an expression of giving and helping each other. This is exactly what is important in the current situation. We can only do this as a team."

    The Honorary Award of the German Football Ambassador Association has so far been presented to personalities from the world of football who have made a special contribution to society and to the positive image of Germany in the world through their personal commitment. Last year's award winner was Bernd Schuster for his work in Spain. Rainer Holzschuh, who chairs a top-class jury, commented on this year's choice: "Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka took the initiative for Corona Help out of their own motivation and thus set off a pleasing wave of helpfulness. This deserves great respect!"

    German Football Ambassador Association
    The German Football Ambassador based in Berlin was founded by Roland Bischof in 2012 and honours German coaches and players who contribute to the positive image of football and Germany through their appearance and commitment. The awards are combined with prize money for social projects. From Nepal to Namibia: Since 2013, the club has been able to support more than 30 projects worldwide. Among the supporting partners are the German Federal Foreign Office, Goethe Institut, kicker, Deutsche Telekom, VMZ Sport, Deutsche Welle, GOAL, setONE, Argus Data Insights, MC Group, SID, SKY or the Berlin agency of the initiator, PRESENTED BY.

    German Football Ambassador Association
    Kurfürstendamm 234 I 10719 Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 2809 8798
    E-Mail: kontakt@fussballbotschafter.de

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