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The winner of the Keep Fighting Award is Vanessa Low

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Keep Fighting Award

The Keep Fighting Award celebrates the achievements and contribution of an eminent individual whose life story serves to inspire others to always keep fighting and never give up.


The Keep Fighting Award winner shall offer the world an insight into the depth of courage and strength that is empowered when the human spirit is challenged by impossible adversity.


The Keep Fighting Award shines a light on an individual whose triumph over adversity is extraordinary.


Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg presented the following laudation of Vanessa Low as the inaugural winner of the Keep Fighting Award on 30 January, 2017.


Vanessa Low embodies the values that the Keep Fighting Initiative would like to promote in a striking way. Keep fighting. Be open and positive for new influences. Remove resistors. Never give up.


Vanessa has experienced more than enough resistance in her life. At the age of fifteen, she was at the railway station in Ratzeburg. She was struck by a train and lost both legs. Whether she was pushed or fallen, she never wanted to clear this up because she found it unimportant.


The doctors told Vanessa she would never be able to walk again. However, after two years, she could walk again, and she wanted more. She wanted to be active again, as she had been before the incident in Ratzeburg. Six years later, she was part of the German team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.


However, London was a disappointment, and Vanessa seriously considered retiring from sport. But then she decided to make a radical change. She went to the USA for training and found fun in her sport again – thanks to a new coach and new methods. This was a second deep setback that Vanessa transformed, with courage and energy into a personal success. The 2016 Paralympics in Rio last year then became a personal triumph: Vanessa won a Gold medal and set a world record in the long jump, she won a silver medal and ran a personal best time in the 100m sprint.


Vanessa Low is inspiring by her straightforward, combative attitude and her sunny radiance.she is a role model for exploring new opportunities in the face of setbacks and allowing others to participate in that experience..,. Vanessa is thoughtful and at the same time open and international. She does not look back hesitantly, but curiously forwards. She is a lovely fighter, tough against herself and sensitive to others.


Vanessa Low stands for success and excellence beyond all resistance. She is the perfect ambassador for the message that giving up is not an option.


Watch the video of the laudation from Nico Rosberg here, and watch the video of the acceptance speech from Vanessa Low here.

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Champions for Charity Football

Champions for Charity is a charity and fun soccer match set up between NBA-Star Dirk Nowitzki’s All Stars and a team of other athletes. The sporting event brings together some of the world’s leading sports people and celebrities, along with their fans, for a charitable causes. Champions for Charity was founded in honour of Michael Schumacher, who was a football fanatic himself. 100% of the revenues will go to BasKIDball von iSo e.V. and to the Keep Fighting Initiative.


In 2016 the Champions for Charity match was held between the Dirk Nowitzki All Stars and the Nazionale Piloti, the team of motorsports stars which Michael played with very often during his career. The 2016 Champions for Charity match featured a fierce and fun battle between drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa, Mika Hakkinen, Nico Hulkenberg, Pascal Wehrlein, Timo Glock, David Coulthard and Mick Schumacher. The All Stars fielded basketball star Dirk Nowitzki, Lukas Podolski, Sebastian Kehl, Miroslav Klose, Stefan Reinartz, Arne Friedrich and Simon Rolfes. Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks forward, showed off his comedic side during the match, as he mimicked Simeone Zaza’s dreadful Euro 2016 penalty with an over-exaggerated run up for a penalty in the second half.


The fixture and details of the 2017 Champions for Charity match will be advised on this website and Keep Fighting social media at a later date. 100% of the revenues will go to BasKIDball von iSo e.V. and to the Keep Fighting Initiative.

MS Private Collection - Exhibitions

The Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition will be opened in spring 2018, with admission free of charge, at the Motorworld Köln-Rheinland, as a tribute to the fans who have accompanied Michael during his extraordinary career.


The Michael Schumacher Private Collection is to be the home and starting point for all fans who wish to enjoy their memories of Michael’s career. At the same time, the exhibition will be a pilgrimage for all car lovers who enjoy original racing cars from a period of over 25 years – a place for looking, strolling, wondering, reveling. The grounds at the Butzweilerhof are only about 30 kilometers from Michaels hometown Kerpen.


The existing DVAG exhibition at the Center for Asset Management in Marburg will remain open.


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The Keep Fighting foundation is a non-profit initiative inspired by Michael Schumacher


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