Nomination for the eleventh DFB and Mercedes-Benz Integration Award finalised: DFB jury with Reinhard Grindel and Cacau nominates the Integration Award candidates
The deliberations by the jury, headed by Reinhard Grindel took place today at DFB headquarters in Frankfurt. The winners in each of the three categories will be decided during the award ceremony in Berlin at the end of March.
In a few weeks the German Football Association (DFB) and Mercedes-Benz will present this year's Integration Awards in Berlin. Taking part will be DFB President Reinhard Grindel, Oliver Bierhoff as the patron of the Award, the DFB's integration officer Cacau and World Championship team captain Philipp Lahm. During a ceremonial gala evening in the Axica, directly by the Brandenburg Gate, the DFB and its main sponsor Mercedes-Benz will present awards for successful voluntary commitment in the categories "Club", "School" and "Free/Social". The German ARD TV journalist Pinar Atalay will host the evening. The awards will be presented on Monday, 26 March 2018, and therefore on the evening before the international between Germany and Brazil.
"One in five DFB members has a migrant background, more than 40,000 refugees now have a player's pass and our national football team sets an example in diversity. The Award, which is now being presented for the eleventh time, gives us a good opportunity to give recognition to the remarkable integrational commitment at grass-roots level. Because the DFB stands for diversity," said Reinhard Grindel.
"Sport, and especially football, motivates people to give their best. It is where the shared will to win and willingness to perform count more than the personal background. Genuine equality of opportunity and integration - irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, limitations, religion or origin - form the basis for our cooperation and future. As a globally active company, Daimler actively follows and supports this principle from a sense of profound conviction and social responsibility," said Dr. Dirk Jakobs, Head of the Global Diversity Office at Daimler AG.
The traditional Hamburg club Altonae FC 1893, founded in 1973 as a hobby club, the FC Duck Baghdad club from Mainz as well as the SV Witzschdorf club from a 700-inhabitant village in Saxony were nominated for the award. The Berger Feld comprehensive school in which Mesut Özil, Benedikt Höwedes and Leroy Sané played football in the recent past is one of the schools nominated, as are the Hans Tilkowski School in Herne and the Janusz Korczak School in Voerde. In the "Free/Social" category the jury nominated the Step Foundation in Freiburg, "buntkicktgut" GmbH and Bielefeld United e.V.
Each year the Award is presented for projects that especially integrate children and adolescents with a migration background through football, or with the help of football. Almost 2500 applications have been received by the DFB since 2007, and 33 winners have received awards. Each of the winners in the three categories will receive a Mercedes-Benz Vito, and each nominee a cash prize of 10,000 euros. With prizes to the value of around 200,000 euros, the Integration Award is Germany's most valuable social award scheme.
Nominees in alphabetical order
Altonaer FC 1893
FC Ente Bagdad (Vitesse Mayence 1896)
Gesamtschule Berger Feld
Hans Tilkowski Schule
Fan-Projekt Dortmund e.V.
Step Stiftung Freiburg