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Under the motto "To give one's best" the Catholic sports association DJK celebrates its 100th anniversary. He said that the DJK has always stood for a holistic commitment in sport, in which Christian values stand above the idea of performance.
This was emphasized by the director of the Osnabruck Diocesan Museum and curator, Hermann Queckenstedt, at the opening of the special exhibition "100 Years of DJK – Sport for Body and Soul" on Tuesday evening at the German Football Museum in Dortmund. The show is to run until 16. March, the exhibition is intended to trace the eventful history of the DJK through soccer.
Queckenstedt, who was president of the now second-division soccer team VFL Osnabruck for three years, used his speech to reflect on alternative approaches to soccer. Thus he suggested a good points system, with which also fair behavior on the place with points could be pramiert. "In times of million-dollar transfers, sports betting and gambling manipulation, such approaches can be exciting," Queckenstedt said.
Anniversary exhibition in Dortmund museum
The curator's enthusiasm for soccer is also to thank for the fact that the anniversary exhibition is taking place in the Dortmund Museum and is focusing on this sport, explained DJK President Elsbeth Beha. He had to do a lot of convincing, because the presidium "didn't immediately embrace a 'soccer exhibition,'" she said.
Among the guests invited to the opening ceremony are the "DJK veteran", the soccer functionary and expert Heribert Bruchhagen, the coach of the U17 national soccer team, Christian Wuck, and the former Olympic pastor Hans-Gerd Schutt.
Christian value-oriented sports association under Catholic umbrella
The DJK sports association was founded on 16. The DJK was founded in Wurzburg in September 1920, although many DJK clubs are much older than the umbrella organization. It sees itself as a Christian value-oriented sports association under a Catholic umbrella and, according to its own statements, accepts anyone who shares this orientation. About 500.000 athletes practice in about 1.200 DJK clubs over 100 sports. The three letters DJK stand for Deutsche Jugendkraft (German Youth Sports Association) and date back to the time of its founding.
Today, however, only the abbreviated form "DJK" is still in use.