Katarina Witt, Corporate Challenge
team up to help handicapped athletes
FRANKFURT, March 14, 2012 — Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt not only will be the official starter at the 20th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® in Frankfurt on June 14, but her foundation will work with the race and J.P. Morgan to help young, handicapped athletes throughout Germany.
“We are extremely happy that Katarina Witt has committed herself to attend our event,” said Dr. Karl-Georg Altenburg, CEO of J.P. Morgan Germany/Austria/Switzerland. “The attendance of Katarina Witt will draw even more attention to the promotion of sports for the disabled.”
|J.P. Morgan's Dr. Karl-Georg Altenburg and German figure skating legend Katarina Witt will play big roles in the 20th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt on June 14.
The partnering of the Corporate Challenge, which has drawn as many as 73,719 participants in a single year for the 5.6 kilometer trek through the heart of Frankfurt, and one of Germany's sports legends is in many ways a natural pairing.
Witt — who won two Olympic gold medals and four world titles in figure skating — and the Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt have both championed the cause of promoting participation among handicapped children in sports in recent years.
“Following my active career in professional sports, I looked for a way to say thanks for all the positive moments and support I was able to experience in all these years. I therefore founded the Katarina Witt Foundation in 2005 with the objective of providing handicapped children with options for athletics and sports,” said Witt. “We intend to help as many children and teenagers as possible to overcome the consequences of accidents, illnesses and other catastrophes through exercise and sports.”
Meanwhile, in the past five years, the thousands of companies participating in the Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt and J.P. Morgan have teamed up to donate more than one million Euro for physically-handicapped table tennis players, hearing-impaired badminton players and mentally handicapped canoeists to German Sport Aid.
Witt's appearance and the partnership for handicapped children was announced at a company captain's meeting that opened registration for the 20th Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt. More than 1,000 company captains attended.
Online registration is available at the German website for the race: www.jpmorgancc.de. The registration deadline is May 16.