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Hankook invited Real Madrid to hold a football training session for the SOS Children's Villages in Hungary

At the invitation of Hankook, World Champion and European Champion football player Álvaro Arbeloa, Ambassador of Real Madrid CF, visited Hungary together with three of Real Madrid’s coaches yesterday. The coach team held football training sessions at the Hungarian Football Federation’s training centre in Telki for children of the SOS Children's Villages. The hearty exercise not only put huge smiles on the faces of the enthusiastic little football players but gave them also a taste of the professionalism of the record-holding Spanish team.

Rácalmás, Hungary, 17th September 2018 - Hankook in the field of tyre manufacturing and Real Madrid on the football pitches strive to provide people with world class experiences by sharing innovation and success, and the passion that leads to success. One of these experiences was shared with 50 children from the SOS Children's Villages, for whom Hankook hosted a special football academy in the sports training centre of the Hungarian Football Federation on September 16, in Telki.

Hankook Tire is supporting SOS children's Villages as a part of the company's broad global philanthropic engagement. The tyre maker is actively supporting events for children in need around Europe together with Real Madrid Club de Football as part of their strategic cooperation. Furthermore the tyre maker is regularly organizing CSR-Events to support local societies. One outstanding example is the annual so called "Tyre Donation", where Hankook since many years supports local NGO's in Hungary, that can apply for free of charge tyres for their vehicles, if these are serving the society, e.g. ambulance cars, fire fighting trucks, transportation vans for children, elder or disabled people and others.

Han-Jun Kim, President of Hankook Tire in Europe said: "As a global corporate citizen Hankook Tire is a proud member of societies in many countries around the world. We truly believe, that while we as a company are profiting from the markets in many fields of our business, it is our vision and utmost duty to give back to the people whenever possible. Thus, when creating our global sponsorship activities, we always consider various activities to serve the societies in the countries we are engaged in. In this regard it is my and all our employees great pleasure to provide a day of fun throughout this once in a lifetime experience to the children of the Hungarian SOS Children's Villages."

With the help of Real Madrid, the participating children also received tailor-made football kits, making them able to try out themselves during a 3-hour training session and making them feel like Gareth Bale, Luka Modrić, Sergio Ramos, Tony Kroos, Marchello and others. Álvaro Arbeloa arrived at the event as the international ambassador of Real Madrid, representing the team’s excellence personally.

Sang Soo Jeong, Managing Director of Hankook Tire Budapest Ltd. added in his greeting speech: Hungary is a key player in Hankook's European strategy, and we are responsible for creating jobs and manufacturing first-class tyres, while managing our charity actions and goodwill investments as well. It is a great pleasure that the SOS Children's Villages here in Hungary is honoured with a world-class training session as a milestone of our cooperation. I sincerely hope that the kids participating in the training sessions will be able to savour inspirational sport experiences and get an insight behind the professional scenes of one of the most successful football teams of all time.

Álvaro Arbeloa pointed out at the event: „Real Madrid and Hankook Tire share the values of innovation, effort commitment and want to be the best not only on, but also off the pitch. So, helping disadvantaged people is very important for both of us. On behalf of our President Mr. Florentino Pérez I would like to thank Hankook Tire for their partnership, friendship and for co-working with us on these social activities.”

This day was a dream come true for the children. These kids, most of whom never had the chance to have a mere football or attend a sport event, could meet a Real Madrid legend player in person. The SOS Children's Villages administer foster families to almost 400 children who cannot live with their birth parents. Most of them got into SOS’ care due to neglect, abuse, their parents' addiction or sickness. We are doing our utmost to ensure to make up for them for all their bad experience so that they can be kids again. That is why Hankook's initiative is particularly vital for us,” – added Ágnes Romet-Balla, Director of Donation and Communication of SOS Children's Villages.


Caption:
From left to right:
- Moon-Chul Jung, Product Industrialization Team Manager, Hankook Tire Hungary Ltd.
- Seong Hak Hwang, Managing Director of Hankook Tire Hungary Ltd.
- Álvaro Arbeloa, Former Real Madrid Player
- Sang So Jeong, Managing Director of Hankook Tire Budapest Ltd.

Hankook Tire manufactures globally innovative, award winning radial tyres of proven superior quality for passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, trucks, and buses as well as motorsports (circuit racing/rallies).

Aspiring to bring consumers the utmost excellence in product quality, technological excellence and driving satisfaction, Hankook Tire continuously invests in research and development maintaining five R&D centres and eight production facilities around the world. Bespoke tyre solutions for the European markets as well as European Original Equipment according to the requirements of leading premium car manufacturers, are developed in the company’s regional Technical Centre in Hanover/Germany. Production for the European region is taking place in the state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Rácalmás/Hungary which was inaugurated in June 2007 and is continuously being expanded. Currently around 3,000 employees produce up to 19 million tyres a year for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks.

Hankook Tire’s European headquarters are located in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The manufacturer operates further branches in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Ukraine. Hankook products are sold directly through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs approximately 21,000 people worldwide and are selling their products in over 180 countries. Internationally leading car manufacturers rely on tyres made by Hankook for their original equipment. Approximately 30 percent of the company's global sales are generated within the European and CIS-Region. Hankook Tire has been represented in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World) since 2016.

For more information please visit www.hankooktire-mediacenter.com or www.hankooktire.com


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At the invitation of Hankook, World Champion and European Champion football player Álvaro Arbeloa, Ambassador of Real Madrid CF, visited Hungary together with three of Real Madrid’s coaches yesterday. The coach team held football training sessions at the Hungarian Football Federation’s training centre in Telki for children of the SOS Children's Villages.

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Álvaro Arbeloa, Former Real Madrid Player, at the football training for children of the SOS Children's Villages inHungary.

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At the invitation of Hankook, World Champion and European Champion football player Álvaro Arbeloa, Ambassador of Real Madrid CF, visited Hungary together with three of Real Madrid’s coaches yesterday. The coach team held football training sessions at the Hungarian Football Federation’s training centre in Telki for children of the SOS Children's Villages.

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From left to right: Moon-Chul Jung Product Industrialization Team Manager, Hankook Tire Hungary Ltd.; Seong Hak Hwang Managing Director of Hankook Tire Hungary Ltd.; Álvaro Arbeloa, Former Real Madrid Player; Sang So Jeong Managing Director of Hankook Tire Budapest Ltd.

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