In 2019, with a compelling call to preserve our livelihoods, Sports For Future emerged in the public eye, aiming to contribute a prominent and relevant voice to the climate debate. This alliance of athletes, sports clubs, associations, and other supporters takes a clear stand, embracing the responsibility that the world of sports, as one of the essential pillars of society, must assume, especially because sports itself contributes to the climate crisis.
The idea, born on the initiative of the Bundesliga football club TSG Hoffenheim, is brought to life by a network within the sports world. The initiators include Bundesliga football clubs SV Werder Bremen, VfL Osnabrück, the German Sports Youth (dsj), Global United FC e.V., Fabian Hambüchen (gymnastics), Anni Friesinger (speed skating), Holger Nikelis (wheelchair table tennis), Sebastian Polter (football), Jacqueline Otchere (pole vault), Lutz Pfannenstiel (football), and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Sports For Future, as a movement representing an entire industry, operates as a registered nonprofit association with a clear agenda. "We want to gather the sports community, challenge it, and consolidate its efforts to take a clear stand. We advocate for a rational, science-based implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, for a livable future for youth and future generations, for a fair and respectful culture of debate, as well as for solidarity and a societal spirit of teamwork," explains Stefan Wagner, co-founder of Sports For Future e.V.
Based on this foundation, Sports For Future is dedicated to launching its own initiatives, supporting projects, increasing knowledge, and strengthening sustainability, climate protection, and democracy. To achieve these goals, Sports For Future relies on partnerships, including those with the Cologne Business School, the Climate Arena in Sinsheim, and other educational institutions.