Skyliners raise €270,000 for their school project ‘Basketball Makes School’

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The kids of this school club have a lot of fun dribbling basketball. © Fraport Skyliners/Sidgabat

At the charity event, Frankfurt basketball players hope to remain in the Bundesliga with a wildcard despite the sporting relegation. Head of Sports Mike Joseph (SPD) is preparing the judge’s proposal to build a multifunctional hall on the stadium site.

The head of Frankfurt’s sports department Mike Joseph (SPD) jumped rope at the community center in Palmengarten. Michael Muller, business manager at Fraport, wore basketball net-style socks. Almost all guests came in sneakers with a tuxedo or dress. The latter is a tradition at the Frankfurt Skyliners taking advantage of their school project “Basketball Makes School”. Despite the athletic pedigree, which turned out Saturday evening, the old companions of the Skyliners remain loyal to them. 92 AGs were collected. Setting up a school club costs about 3000 euros, so it generates an income of about 270 thousand euros.

“Working with young people is our second pillar,” said Gunnar Wöbke, managing partner of Skyliners. Despite the economic bottlenecks due to the Corona situation, stopping youth work was never an option for him. Thanks to the wild card, to be decided by the clubs in the German Basketball League (BBL) this week, the Skyliners will likely continue to play in the top flight. This wild card costs 700,000 euros, but relegation to the second tier means the budget will collapse by more than 2 million euros. That’s why we have to do it,” Wöbke said.

This hopeful message also set the tone for the event. Those who wished to donate went up to the stage by a bell or rang the bell at their tables. It’s a matter of honor,” said Michael Muller of lead sponsor Fraport, which has contributed 15 AGs. The same number came from shirt sponsor Wisag. Most of the AGs came from the Crespo Foundation – 20 in number. Including ten for AG which combines dance and basketball. “More than 40 schools were registered last year when we first introduced this,” said Christian Riedel, president of the foundation. The project has great potential and shows that sport and culture go well together.

Wanted new hall

“The more we show the kids that exercise is great, we all win something,” said Harald Brundlinger, director of the Registered Association of Skyliners. Last school year, with around 90 AGs, there are still some limitations, such as group sizes, from next school year he hopes to be able to increase the entire offer again. “Kids who are totally open come together to play sports. Our job is to socialize them so they stay that way,” said athletic director Mike Joseph.

Of course, he also had to say something about the multifunctional hall, which has accompanied this concert since its premiere in 2011. He is currently working on the development of a judge’s proposal for the location of the P9 at Eintracht Frankfurt. He sees the greatest opportunity for this site to gain the support of all parties in the Roman alliance. “I’m still with Kaiserlei,” Mayor Nargis Iskanderi Grunberg (the Greens) said frankly. A hall in Kaiserlei, where Skyliners wanted to build themselves after a failed bid, was always turned down by Frankfurt SPD because they preferred the airport as a location. But Fraport also refrained from doing so. The Dome, which wanted to build an auditorium there, announced in May that it wanted to offer an alternative site in the Frankfurt area.

“The ice rink and the sports hall with the ball are showing their age. This won’t work for 15 to 20 years,” Josef said. “We need a new hall in Frankfurt.” If everyone gets together, it can be done quickly. At the end of 2026 on Closest estimate.

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