German figure skating legend Katarina Witt fires a starting gun at the 2012 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt. Part of the donation from the 2012 race went to the Katarina Witt Foundation, one of 10 benefiting programs last year.
Frankfurt's 70,000 entrants
to compete for German Sports Aid
FRANKFURT, April 15, 2013 — The June 12 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt will once again be one of the largest road races in the world this calendar year — with approximately 70,000 total entrants.
And that throng of runners — creating a ribbon of health-conscious humanity through Frankfurt’s central business district — will run for the German Sports Aid Foundation (Deutsche Sporthilfe).
Specifically, J.P. Morgan will make a donation on behalf of the participants to support the German Handicapped Sport Youth Foundation (Behindertensportjugend).
“The Handicapped Sport Youth is an organization with excellent ideas and substantial project experience,” said Dr. Karl-Georg Altenburg, CEO of J.P. Morgan Germany, Austria and Switzerland. “The support of young individuals in sports for the disabled has been at the center of our attention and we will continue our commitment.”
The relationship between the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge and Deutsche Sporthilfe has covered six years and more than 1,25 million Euros has been provided for sports for the disabled. This overall amount is composed equally from the donation of entry fees and a contribution in the same amount on behalf of J.P. Morgan.
The German Handicapped Sport Youth Foundation is the youth organization of the German Disabled Sport Association (DBSJ). Its projects and activities are targeted at providing as many children and teenagers as possible with access to sports, as these activities prove to be an enriching recreational experience. Sport provides exercise, challenges, fun, adventure, group experiences, increasing mobility and helps in increasing independence, strengthening self-confidence, reducing fears and providing numerous new contacts.
The DBSJ would like to contribute to the development of personalities and intends to promote the social and psychological development of individuals as well as causing awareness for social engagement. Furthermore, the association intends to contribute to integration by providing meetings and athletic events for disabled individuals together with able-bodied children and teenagers. The willingness for international communication is to be inspired and maintained through contacts with international groups. Based on the recommendation of the German Sport Aid foundation, J.P. Morgan already sponsored the Paralympic winter youth camp in Vancouver 2010 and the Paralympic summer youth camp in London in 2012.
Runners make their way along the course through Frankfurt's central business in a recent J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.
Ten projects across Germany from Stralsund to Berchtesgaden — ranging from handball for everyone or a joint project with the Katarina Witt Foundation to horseback riding at the Panorama School for mentally-handicapped children and teenagers — were supported through the 2012 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge partnership.
“We are hoping for a similarly satisfying result in this year and would be extremely glad if we would be able to somewhat increase the quality of life of many young disabled athletes in the scope of our selected projects,” said J.P. Morgan CEO Altenburg.
In other J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge news in Frankfurt, more than 1,000 team captains met inside the Marriott Hotel in Frankfurt on the 8th of April 2013.
Organizational manager Kirsten Fischer and track coordinator Rolf Mai outlined the itinerary for this year’s Corporate Challenge. Further information was provided regarding such innovations as the mobile app, which will be officially released on the 15th of May (the date of the entry deadline). It will prove to be a helpful orientation guide on the day of the event.
Of course, the popular t-shirt contest will once again be an integral part of the event: all runners will be able to select their three creative personal favorites both on the German website (www.jpmorgancc.de) and via Facebook (www.facebook.com/frankfurtcorporatechallenge). The award-winning companies will receive 500 Euro each, which they are entitled to donate for a good cause of their choice.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge has caused a running event boom over the course of the past 20 years in Germany. There are more than 40 corporate runs in Germany, but the “original version” in Frankfurt with close to 70,000 participants is still far ahead of all of the other events.
“We are glad to see that corporate runs are experiencing an increasing popularity”, said J.P. Morgan CEO Altenburg. “The opportunity to run with colleagues is also a chance to get active for teamwork, fitness, communication and a fair working environment. We encourage all participants to get involved in sports and enjoy the opportunity to celebrate together afterwards.”