ENCOURAGING LETTER FROM HIS HOLINESS, POPE FRANCIS
To those taking part in the Conference on Sport at the Service of Humanity Georgetown University
I offer cordial greetings to the organizers and participants in the Conference on Sport at the Service of Humanity taking place at Georgetown University. I thank President John DeGioia and Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi for making this gathering possible.
Your Conference, dear friends, provides an opportunity to reflect on sport as a means of personal development and achievement, challenging men and women to make the most of their God-given gifts. In this sense, it is not only about winning competitions, striving for medals, earning fame or money. Rather sport, place at the service of humanity, can lead to overcoming prejudices and the promotion of the Gospel values of peace and fraternal solidarity. In today’s world, torn apart by so many divisions, sport remains an area where people are able to meet without barriers of race, sex, religion, ideology, or physical condition; where we can experience the pure joy of playing and competing together to reach a goal; where success can be shared and defeat overcome.
I encourage you always to uphold the dignity and beauty of the human person through the pursuit of athletic excellence. In this way you will be able to promote the positive values of sport, both on and off the playing field. With the assurance of my prayers that your Conference will bear good fruit, I willingly invoke upon all of you abundant blessings of Almighty God.
From the Vatican, 21 October 2019
LIVE LIKE YOU PLAY
Embodying Values in Sport and in Life
Faith represents Values that we hold dear in life. Sport challenges us to be our Best.
Sport at the Service of Humanity’s WHY is to Change the World using the combined power of Faith and Sport.
To use Sport as a training ground for the Body and Soul.
To focus not just on Winning in Sport, but Winning in Life.
To harness the power of Sport to Serve humanity.
Our medium is Sport. Our message is Values. Our call-to-action is Service.
Sport at the Service of Humanity
GROWING THE MOVEMENT
We are now exploring opportunities to work with interested parties who share our vision and values to bring the Sport at the Service of Humanity principles to life via three Key Pillars of Engagement:
SSH has already inspired some incredible initiatives around the world.
Below are examples of some recent and upcoming ones in the works.
2016 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
With His Holiness Pope Francis serving as inspiration, “Sport at the Service of Humanity: The First Global Conference on Faith & Sport” was held at The Vatican in October 2016 — successfully launching a global movement to leverage the power of Faith & Sport as a platform for good.
The historic event, led by POPE FRANCIS, UN Secretary General BAN KI-MOON and IOC President THOMAS BACH, was attended by 400+ key leaders and influencers from the world of faith, sport, business, government, NGOs and other sectors.
HUMANITY SPORTS CLUB
We believe sport can make a difference – and not just on playgrounds and sports fields. Join the club: together we can change the game, our lives and the world for the better.