Following the official departure of long-serving board members Ulf Mehrens, Werner Otto and Peter Richarz, the board of the wheelchair basketball department at the Deutscher Rollstuhl-Sportverband e.V. (German Wheelchair Sports Association) has repositioned itself. 

With Jörg Max Fröhlich and Fritz Müller, two renowned and experienced executives will join the technical committee in the commission’s work.

Jörg Max Fröhlich is a married family man and studied law and philosopher. Since 1984 he has worked as press spokesman for the CDU Baden-Württemberg, head of the communications and press department of the Stuttgart insurance group, as well as a freelance journalist. In addition, he serves as a lecturer at the Academy of the University of Biberach and independent communication rhetoric and media consultant. As a member of the Federal Association of German-language scribes and the Economic Council of Germany, he is in demand as a speechwriter and political and election campaign consultant.

In the future, he will be supplementing his impressive CV with the task of becoming the first chairman of the department of wheelchair basketball in the DRS. The footsteps in which he succeeds Ulf Mehrens are truly no small ones.

“The athletic and mental performance of the athletes in wheelchair basketball deserves our highest regard and appreciation. Your willpower, fairness, motivation and commitment are exemplary for us all. I would like to contribute to the fact that society, business and politics are increasingly interested in wheelchair basketball and supporting it, “says Fröhlich.

He will be supported by Fritz Müller as CFO and Strategy Director. The impressive career of the graduate administrative expert from Schöffengrund is characterized above all by the AOK. In 1979, as head of the finance and contract department of the AOK Wetzlar, he was soon appointed Deputy Managing Director. He finally joined the AOK Hessen in 1993 as a member of the board of directors of the AOK Nordthüringen, where he was instrumental in its development. There Müller took over the fortunes as chairman of the board in 2002 and was, among other things, responsible for corporate management, strategy, human resources, finance, controlling and lobbying until 2015. With a membership of 1.5 million and responsible for 3,600 employees, he handed the AOK Hessen at the end of his career with impressive figures.

Since then he has been working as a scientific advisor to the REHASAN Group in Cologne and is a lecturer at THM Mittelhessen in the subjects of personnel and organization as well as the basics of business administration. For him, the involvement in the field of wheelchair basketball opens up new opportunities and challenges.

Uwe Kögler has been confirmed as Chair for Commission in charge of grassroot sport – he succeeds Günther Vogel. The chair of the Teaching and Coaching Commission will in future be taken over by Mareike Miller. The experienced national player of the Team Germany wheelchair basketball extends her commitment thus also off the court. Together with Moritz Weith, most of whom are already known as the team manager of the German men’s national team, she wants to continue the work of Peter Richarz, which has been so successful for many years, and also set new impulses. 

The German Wheelchair Basketball Committee welcomes Jörg Max Fröhlich, Fritz Müller, Uwe Kögler, Mareike Miller and Moritz Weith and is looking forward to a good and successful cooperation!

Wording and Picture Courtesy of the DRS – RBB.