Another matter close to the entrepreneurial family’s hearts is the promotion and sponsorship of local sports. Many local sports clubs and initiatives benefit from this passion. Year after year, the available financial support makes it possible to realise a wide variety of sporting projects with a focus on promoting youth work, organise sporting events or tournaments, or buy sports equipment. Without this support, the company sports association “Betriebssportgemeinschaft MERKUR Gauselmann e.V.”, with some 1,000 members, would also not be able to offer such a wide range of sporting activities. The company also supports local professional sport. For example, the MERKUR GROUP is the main sponsor of the TuS N-Lübbecke national league handball team, of the FC Preußen Espelkamp regional football league team, and of the Espelkamp-Mittwald e.V. tennis club (TVE), whose winning Bundesliga men’s teams in the 30s and 70s age groups have taken home the German Championship title several times. One top player from TVE even made world champion in the over-75s age group in 2017.