We present: hummel LOVE ATHLETES
Meet four strong real-life personalities from the sporting world. We call them Love Athletes.
No sports club can function without the truly passionate, enthusiastic souls, who use their skills and spare time to make a huge difference in and for the club.
You know them well. Coaches, kit cleaners, line markers, drivers and all the other good people who help a club flourish and function. It’s those who may not be playing, but are laying the foundations for the club, the sport and the athletes to function.
At hummel we would like to pay a tribute to these heroes. We have named them ‘Love Athletes’ – all those who love the sport of making sport work.
ARNE is a handball player with FC St. Pauli Handball, and together with the club, he arranges handball workshops voluntarily in Rwanda.
Last year FC St. Pauli Handball travelled to Rwanda to set up handball workshops with local handball teams. The trip included training, matches and fundraising for a well.
“The locals play a lot of sport, but have far to go for clean drinking water. If you play sport, you also need access to water. It is fantastic that our sport can help highlight this”.
The project is a statement. A statement that places emphasis on openness, tolerance and understanding across physical and mental boundaries, regardless of nationality. Handball is clearly a universal language.
“I think it’s time to give something back across borders. I am in a position where I can, so why not?”.
Arne is trying to change the world through sport. We believe that he is truly a ‘Love Athlete’.
TUPAARNAQ is a volunteer yoga instructor for veterans with PTSD.
Bikram Yoga has helped many American veterans fight their PTSD symptoms.
Through her volunteer Bikram Yoga teaching, Tupaarnaq is also trying to help Danish veterans who have risked both life and health for their country.
“With post-traumatic stress, the body is in constant alert. As it is when practicing Bikram Yoga. In this way we can, through yoga, teach the veterans to better deal with stress in their daily lives. I hope we can give both them and their families a better life. A life with more joy. Without so much pain in their hearts and souls.”
Tupaarnaq is trying to change the world through sport. She is a real Love Athlete.
TROELS is a volunteer assistant coach for Denmark’s national homeless football team.
Troels’ abuse problems caused him to leave Brøndby IF’s talent team and destroyed his potential football career. OMBOLD, the organisation behind the national homeless team, helped Troels to get back on his feet. Now he gives back by proudly training the national homeless team himself.
“The best thing about it is the solidarity. It gives me both joy and security. And I don’t really see it as volunteer work. I see it more as something I like to do. It is a huge honour, and I am proud of being part of this national team”.
Troels is trying to change the world through sport. He is a real Love Athlete.
Amalie is a volunteer boxing coach for street kids in Arusha, Tanzania.
Amalie is working to engage and help the children through boxing. She started the project in collaboration with the organisation YES! Tanzania.
“The idea of the project is to give the children a place where they feel safe. A place where they can get something to eat, and where they have some adults they can look up to”.
Right now, Amalie and the boxing club are focusing heavily on getting more girls into the training programme. It is very taboo for girls to play sport in Tanzania.
“This project doesn’t solve the problem of street kids in Arusha, but it might help make their everyday lives a bit easier”.
Amalie is trying to change the world through sport. In our eyes, she is a true ‘Love Athlete’.
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BEHIND LOVE ATHLETES
In our SS19 Sport Style collection we focus on four true Love Athletes.
Four characters who, each in their own way and in their own sport, are making it a little more fun and much more meaningful for others out there in the world. They don't only believe that sport can change the world for the better. They make it happen. Every. Single. Day. They use their abilities, spare time and personal experiences to advocate the joy of sport and movement.