Hockey is Diversity recognised by UN Special Adviser Wilfried Lemke31 May 2013
At the invitation of former manager of Germany’s Bundesliga football club Werder Bremen and current UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, Hockey is Diversity introduced itself.
Presentation of Hockey is Diversity
Hockey is Diversity was founded in 2010 to promote a culture of peace, social change and diversity. Wilfried Lemke who attended the International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport in Berlin said during the meeting with Hockey is Diversity: “I am delighted that an initiative such as Hockey is Diversity makes an important contribution to development and peace in the society through sports."
The initiative recently organised an international youth hockey tournament in Eppelheim. It also issues an “Integration Award” to motivate hockey clubs and athletes to engage themselves in the community where they are playing and make people aware of the benefits of a diverse society.
"With the help of our sport ice hockey, we want to encourage dialogues, form partnerships with clubs, promote projects such as the international youth tournament, go to schools and thus make a valuable contribution to the advancement of society. Sport is a big factor in building bridges and help to integrate people into society”, says the founder of Hockey is Diversity and former Krefeld Penguins Forward, Martin Hyun.
Lemke is part of the team
UN Special Advisor on Sports and Development for Peace, Willi Lemke was handed a Hockey is Diversity jersey. The gesture symbolised that Lemke is part of the team. The number 2015 on the back of the hockey jersey stands for the UN Millennium Development Goals, which the initiative wants to make a contribution to.
Also present was former German National team player, winner of six-German championships and honorary member of Hockey is Diversity, Sven Felski, who is nicknamed “Mayor of Hohenschönhausen” for his loyalty and commitment to one club during his career.
"There was no second thought to get involved with Hockey is Diversity. It is a really cool initiative, making people aware of fairness, respect and team spirit!”, said Felski, who participated in numerous World Championships and two Winter Olympics. Hockey is Diversity was further accompanied by representatives and ambassadors, such as the former German junior champion Jurek Schwarz, co-founder of the initiative Peter Goldbach, former NCAA Division II National Champion Gerd Stodiek and Supporter Tom Lemke.