AmCham Germany Awards Dirk Nowitzki for Social Involvement


Berlin/ Frankfurt am Main, (PresseBox) - The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) will present basketball player Dirk Nowitzki with the AmCham Germany Transatlantic Partnership Award today for his societal involvement through work with his foundation.

The jury of the AmCham Transatlantic Partnership Award credits Nowitzki not only as a professional athlete and philanthropist, but also as a builder of transatlantic bridges. As a "German Maverick", Nowitzki is celebrated in Germany, in the USA, and worldwide as an unofficial ambassador of Germany.

Laudatory speaker Prof. Dr. Eric N. Olson, leading molecular biologist at the University of Texas at Dallas, says, "Through his sport and through his contribution to children and society, Dirk Nowitzki serves as an example of the best from both Germany and the USA. I can't think of anyone who deserves this prize more than he does."

Dirk Nowitzki is part of a young generation of philanthropists who are aware of their privileged situation in life. With his foundations in Würzburg, Germany and Dallas, Texas, he makes it possible for socially disadvantaged children and youth to gain important life experiences through sports and physical activity. His efforts reach from promoting sports in a day-care center in Würzburg to constructing soccer fields in Africa. Thus, he emulates previous recipients of the Transatlantic Partnership Award like Bill Gates and Prof. Hasso Plattner.

"Through sports, kids learn social competencies like fairness, mutual recognition, team spirit and how to handle conflict. They learn these skills for life. Whoever makes these sorts of experiences possible for young people does a lot for society and contributes to making the world a better place for the future," points out Fred B. Irwin, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

The event is primarily being supported by ING-DiBa AG, long-time sponsor of Dirk Nowitzki and promoter of his foundation. "We congratulate Dirk on receiving this honor. Despite his great successes, he has always stayed true to his roots; and his personal character and mindset are role models for all. He is an excellent ambassador for Germany," according to Roland Boekhout, CEO of ING-DiBa.


The award ceremony will take place during a gala event on October 5, 2012 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Berlin. Approximately 500 guests from the political, economic, and scientific scenes are expected to attend. The laudatory speech will be held by Professor Dr. Eric Olson, molecular biologist at the University of Texas at Dallas.


Dirk Werner Nowitzki (*June 19, 1978 in Würzburg, Germany) is a German basketball player. Since 1998 he has been active in the North American professional league, the NBA, playing for the Dallas Mavericks. In the NBA season of 2006/2007, Nowitzki was the first European to receive the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) for the regular season. In the NBA finals of 2011 with the "Mavs" he was the first German to win the NBA Championships and in addition, was awarded the MVP title of the final series.


The Dirk Nowitzki Stiftung Deutschland was founded in 2005. It supports disadvantaged children and youth in Würzburg, throughout Germany, and around the world, encouraging their involvement in sports and physical activity to increase active participation in society and to give them a better chance for positive development throughout their lives. The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation in the USA was founded in October 2001 in Austin, Texas. The goal of the foundation is to further children's education and health through various projects worldwide.


The AmCham Transatlantic Partnership Award carries with it the history of the German-American friendship. It is awarded each year at a gala dinner in Berlin to individuals who have, through their service to society and the world, extensively contributed to the transatlantic relationship. A jury of international individuals, chaired by Fred B. Irwin, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, decides who is awarded the prize.


With 7.5 million customers, ING-DiBa is the third-largest private bank in Germany. The core aspects of its business are savings, securities, construction financing, consumer credit and checking accounts. The bank forgoes a large network of branch offices in favor of offering simple products and affordable conditions. Customers can reach the bank 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The business magazine Euro named ING-DiBa Germany's "most-loved bank 2012" and the readers of Börse Online voted ING-DiBa as the "online broker of 2012".

American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.

With nearly 3,000 members the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) is the largest bilateral trade organization in Europe. The Chamber serves as a communication bridge to investors in the United States. Support of the German-American economic relationship and of Germany as a business location is the Chamber's main focus.

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