In 2007, the German University Sports Federation (Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverband, adh), the University of Mannheim, and the Olympic center signed the cooperation agreement for becoming a partner university of top-level sports (“Partnerhochschule des Spitzensports”), which laid the foundation for the support of top athletes at the University of Mannheim.
In 2009 already, the Greinert Family established the Mannheim Sports Scholarship which, in 2018, was complemented by a new sponsor, the Dietmar Hopp Foundation, thus turning into the Elite Sports Scholarship Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.
Due to the additional workload arising from their training schedule, it is particularly challenging for student athletes to pursue their degree. Yet, the experience they gain from sports often enables them to perform extraordinarily well in their academic career.
Top-level student athletes face a massive workload. I want them to have enough time for both sports training and studying. They motivate other people to practice sports as well. I am always happy to see more children and adolescents who abandon their game console and play soccer or practice for track and field competitions instead.