Thursday, 16. April 2015


Franz Beckenbauer Names Recipients of the International Ideas Competition, franz.

The premiere of YOUNG LEADERS IN SPORTS (YLS) Summit was held in Düsseldorf April 13 and 14, 2015. YLS is part of the year-long CAMP BECKENBAUER project, an initiative that addresses the future of international sports. At the event held at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, young leaders of the CAMP BECKENBAUER partners joined with representatives from sports, the business community and academics to discuss various aspects of this year's main topic: "The future of the sports in a digital world." The main issues discussed concerned innovations in sports and the future of major sports events, but in light of current developments participants also addressed the bid by the City of Hamburg to host the Olympic Games.

Also as part of the YLS Summit, the recipients of franz., the international ideas competition initiated by CAMP BECKENBAUER, were announced on April 14. The members of the jury (soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer; Claudia Bokel, Chairman of the IOC Athletes' Commission; Prof. Dr. Christoph Hienerth, WHU; and Marcus Höfl, founder and organizer of CAMP BECKENBAUER) were impressed by all three finalists, so not one winner but three were chosen. The student teams' concepts focus on innovations in the disciplines of golf, gymnastics and cross-country skiing. "We believe that all three concepts have great potential," Franz Beckenbauer explained after the awards ceremony. "That's why we invited all three teams to Kitzbühel for the CAMP BECKENBAUER Summit 2015 in October, where they will present their ideas before the key decision-makers in international sports."

ARD TV host Julia Scharf anchored the event. In addition to the top-class jury, guests at the YLS also included Olympic champions Michael Stich, Britta Heidemann, Maria Höfl-Riesch and Martin Schmitt, handball world champion Oliver Roggisch, Ironman winner Norman Stadler and TV presenter and journalist Cherno Jobatey.

franz. recipients with jury

Press conference with Markus Rudolf, Franz Beckenbauer, Marcus Höfl and Julia Scharf

The jury of franz. during the team presentations

YLS conference