On the occasion of the funeral service for the honorary captain of the German national team, who died on June 17, 2002 at the age of 81 years, Kurt Beck, the governor of Rhineland-Palatinate, emphasized the duty of cherishing the idol’s heritage through the Fritz Walter Foundation.
It always was and still remains today the concern of the foundation, which was established in 1999 to continue the lifetime work of the captain of the World Cup Champions of the year 1954. In addition to the promotion of young talented persons - particularly in the field of soccer - the commitment of the foundation also embraces the implementation and support of additional measures to strengthen the social integration of young people and international understanding. The activities are to be directed at young persons and are meant to work as an important impetus for sports to support the social integration of young persons. Moreover, the Fritz Walter Foundation is to be a fund for research projects and help to young persons to obtain scholarships.
Fritz Walter’s great personality was praised by numerous parties after his death. The leader and thinker of 1. FC Kaiserslautern, under whose command the “Walter Eleven” won the German Championship in 1951 and 1953, not only did a lot for the reputation of the Federal Republic of Germany due to his unique soccer skills. He also revived the self-esteem of a whole nation after the Second World War and was of great importance for Germany. Kurt Beck, the former chairman of the Fritz Walter Foundation, pointed out that “the name Fritz Walter is and will continue to be a role model for soccer genius and personal modesty“.
Due to his commitment and his work for the Sepp Herberger Foundation, in the name of which Walter had visited various penal institutions more than 100 times and had offered a great deal of help, Fritz Walter again and again underlined the role of sports in the social development.
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