Following a gathering in September 2015 that outlined a vision of sport in the service of humanity, participants saw the need to continue the conversation and design ways to act concretely toward the goals they envisioned – goals they believe are perfectly in line with those broadly articulated by Pope Francis. This conference seeks to expand upon that outline, and give a robust expression to that vision, which is rooted in organizers’ and participants’ shared conviction that sport helps individuals become their best selves and at the same time helps build strong communities. In addition to athletes participating at all levels of sport, the conference will bring together leaders from faith communities, business, politics, academia, policy and culture to share best practices and craft a vision of sport that expresses the best of sporting in a way that is capable of responding to the needs of today’s society. We see the chance to do good work together, whether local, regional, national or global.
The inaugural global conference on Faith and Sport, “Sport at the Service of Humanity”, will be held at the Vatican from October 5 – 7, 2016.
The Pontifical Council for Culture organized the conference under the leadership of Council President Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, with the generous support of corporate partner Allianz.
Led by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi of the Pontifical Council for Culture, 150 global delegates from sport, academia, faith, media and business communities will participate in this event.
Among them will be Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee. The United Nations and the IOC are both “Institutional Partners” of the Conference, serving as advisors and aligning initiatives in sport.
The conference is by invitation only due to size limitations of the venue.
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The best way to show your support for the conference and its principles is by joining the Humanity Sports Club. Visit http://sportforhuman.wpengine.com/humanity-sports-club/ to learn more.
Corporate partnerships are enabling the conference to be self-funding, and build the groundwork for the movement.
Allianz is the Founding Partner, supporting the realization of the conference and extending its messages through digital and social media.