Ollert, a 20-year-old soccer player with profound hearing loss and the only professional soccer player with profound hearing loss in any German-speaking country, has teamed up with Phonak for the camp in Germany this summer.
“Ever since I can remember, I have dreamt of being a professional soccer player,” Ollert says. “It’s wonderful that Phonak is helping me to turn this unique sporting event into a reality – it’s allowing us to motivate and encourage children and young people so they can follow their dreams in life with the same determination.”
“…it’s allowing us to motivate and encourage children and young people so they can follow their dreams”
This year’s camp will allow 45 children between the ages of 10 and 14 from Germany and other European countries to train with Ollert. Leading pediatric audiologists were involved in choosing the participants, ensuring trainers are able to devote time to promote the personal and sporting growth of the young soccer fans.
While Ollert is on the field, his fellow soccer stars will be cheering on his efforts.
Jérôme Boateng, the king of Bayern Munich’s defense, Leverkusen center-back Jonathan Tah and Borussia Mönchengladbach midfield all-rounder Tobias Strobl have sent video messages to support the children with hearing loss who are taking part in the camp.
“Hi Simon! Good morning from New York,” Boateng says in German in the video. “I just wanted to say that I’m glad your Simon Ollert Camp kicked off so well last year and the children were so enthusiastic. Congratulations on doing the second camp this year – I wish you every success and have fun with the kids. All the best from New York.”
The children will participate in a varied training program, including ball control and soccer skills. They will also have the opportunity to test themselves against others and develop self-confidence and courage in a playful environment.
Learn more about the first Simon Ollert soccer camp, here.