Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe (The German Sports Aid Foundation), established in 1967, has supported more than 47,000 athletes in over fifty different sports, making it the most successful independents sponsoring institution in European sports. The Foundation has created “Stepping Stone to the Future” to assist Germany’s best athletes on their way to a career in business, where athletes previously struggled due to demanding training schedules and travels. Athletes┬áhave generally insufficient time to finish their studies, and are often unable to participate in internships. “Stepping Stone to the Future” hopes to eliminate these issues.