Faith is perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of humankind – the belief that we exist and function for a purpose; and that we can live in a way that enhances not only our lives, but also the lives of those around us.
Sport, in its simplest form, is one of the most extraordinary of human activities.
Sport imposes rules that point to a fair contest, equal opportunities for all, entertainment and enjoyment, and provides participants with the opportunity to stretch their physical and mental limits, share common values and experiences.
With all the challenges and issues currently impacting both Faith and Sport today, it is timely and necessary for Faith and Sport to remind and re-awaken people to the massive power for good that these two pillars of human life can provide.
Sport at the Service of Humanity: The First Global Conference on Faith & Sport will convene global leaders and influencers from the world of faith, sport, business and other relevant organizations to discuss the inter-connectedness of Faith and Sport and to explore the scope and limit of the combination.
The intention is to produce actionable results that can be put to use for the betterment of the faith and sport communities.
In order to turn the idea from concept to reality, the Vatican invited a select group of 30 individuals representing the various stakeholder groups to help develop the strategy, shape the agenda and provide ideas to bring the concept to life. The 30-member Advisory Committee participated in a two-day working session in September 2015 at the Vatican.
In addition, Cardinal Ravasi engaged a core group of sport and marketing experts and formed a Management Team to work with and support the Pontifical Council for Culture in the area of strategy and partnerships.
“It will be an occasion to come together to face up to the great challenges of contemporary society, which are shared interests for the world’s sporting and religious communities: how to live with respect for all, with increased understanding of each other’s traditions and values, fuller and healthier lives, more integrated communities. Sport is also of such fundamental importance for education, allowing young people especially to open up to the trials of life, putting themselves to the test, crossing boundaries, meeting opponents on a fair playing field while striving to be the best they can be, in some sense aiming for the Transcendent.”