The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community sponsors German high-performance sport, thereby expressing that sport is a priority for the Federal Government. The presence and performance of German top athletes are important in shaping Germany’s image in the rest of the world. They also motivate people of all ages, with and without disabilities, to follow their example. So they help make sure that sport exerts social and integrative influence. Promoting sport for all is a responsibility met primarily by state and local governments.