Media award for Down Syndrome Day activities
To mark World Down Syndrome Day on 22 March 2015, 24 kids, youths and young adults with Down Syndrome escorted the Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach stars into the Allianz Arena. In a special penalty shoot-out at half-time, the goal scored by 16-year-old Michael Freudlsperger was later voted Goal of the Month for March.
The Bundesvereinigung Lebenshilfe, a renowned charity helping mentally disabled persons actively participate in society, has now awarded FC Bayern a BOBBY 2015 media prize. "The football club sent out a message supporting diversity on World Down Syndrome Day," a press statement said.
Statement by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
"On behalf of FC Bayern Munich I would like to thank you most warmly for the BOBBY 2015 media prize. We are extremely honoured to be accepted into the circle of renowned award winners. As record champions and a figurehead for German football, FC Bayern sent out a strong signal in favour of inclusion at the Allianz Arena on World Down Syndrome Day. On this day, FC Bayern was able to deliver an emotional and very important message to a broad public and also support the magnificent efforts of the Bundesvereinigung Lebenshilfe."