Patron of the German Friendships 2017 will be the Federal Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen. As so often before, she will spent several days in Herford. Her enthusiasm for the German Friendships is contagious.
The list of personalities who have been patrons of the German Friendships is impressive:
Federal Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen
For the fourth time since 2009 patron of the Sparkassen German Friendships
"The German Friendship Games - that is sportsmanships, international encounters and friendship. Nobody stands alone. This event is just thrilling. I've spent wonderful days in Herford.
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel
Patron of the Sparkassen German Friendships 2007
"The German Friendship embody the great idea of bringing together children from all over the world, make and cultivate friends and to compete in sports. This global initiative earns every kind of support."
Federal President (ret.)
Patron of the German Friendships 2005
"I know how important it is for the community that many initiatives of this kind, that demand a lot of engagement and commitment, do succeed."
Her Royal Highness Princess
Haya Bint al Hussein
President of the FEI and patron of the Sparkassen German Friendships 1999 and 2001
"Supporting this show is not an official duty to me, but something that is dear to my heart."
Hans Günther Winkler
Patron of the German Friendships 1999 and 2001
"The German Friendships open up undreamt-of possibilities to the young participants. It would have meant a lot to me had an event like this been available in my days."