Best practices

best practices by François Peeters

One of the objectives entrusted to the Church and Sport Section is to stimulate international initiatives that promote faith, human virtues and values through sport. Below are examples of organizations that are dedicated to this purpose.

There are many other exemplary organizations and initiatives around the world. The purpose of this page is to present a few complimentary perspectives that could serve as an inspiration for institutions thinking about future initiatives in the world of sport.

Activprayer

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Activprayer is a community of coaches, athletes, and active people in all walks of life who believe that sports and fitness are arenas of the human spirit, and who seek more out of sports and fitness than physical results alone. 

An activity is an “activprayer” when it is inspired action dedicated to an intention greater than self – a game, a training session, or any physical activity that transcends itself and is inspired by a spirit of faith, hope, and love.

Through its community-developed programs and events, activprayer is reinventing sports and fitness on the foundation of a Christian anthropology. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Phoenix, AZ (USA), local activprayer clubs are opening around the world to help realize a new vision of the active life: one that is educational, formative, and expressive of the spirit.

Learn more at www.activprayer.com

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Varsity Catholic

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The Varsity Catholic is an association created in 2007 as a division of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). Varsity Catholic was launched, to provide college athletes a comprehensive development during the university years. Varsity Catholic knows that sometimes their status, time, and/or energy doesn't allow them an easy opportunity to invest in their spiritual growth. With three staff at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, we responded to this need in the hopes of providing a service to develop the complete athlete.

 The main values of Varsity Catholic are Community, Faithfulness, and Service and they offer Bible studies, one to one coaching/mentoring, they host service events with the athletes, and Mission Camps on spring break and summer holidays.

More info at: www.varsitycatholic.org

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More than Gold

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More Than Gold was created in 1996 to help local churches develop partnerships to serve events. In 2007, More Than Gold was launched in Britain in the presence of Lord Coe, Tessa Jowell MP, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Archbishop Rowan Williams.

More Than Gold is specially known because of the engage of the Britain’s Christian communities for the London 2012 Games in the hope that churches will taste the excitement of reaching their wider communities in fresh and ongoing ways in Jesus’ name.

More Than Gold now concentrates its efforts on 3 specific ways of making the most of the 2014 Commonwealth Games: community engagement, hospitality and service.

More info at: http://www.morethangold2014.org.uk/



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The John Paul II Foundation for Sport (JP2F4S)

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The John Paul II Foundation for Sport (JP2F4S) was launched by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Britain in 2010. The new organisation is inspired by John Paul II’s vision for sport, which has as its primary focus the building of spiritual character through excellence in sporting skills and fitness.

JP2F4S aims to develop inner peace in individuals and thus peace in communities so as to improve the quality of life for all.

The Foundation’s objectives are varied. They include the desire to honor the memory of John Paul ll and to turn his enthusiasm for the physical and spiritual benefits of sport into a means of generating new sports facilities for the benefit of all. At the same time we want to involve as many people as possible from players to teachers, trainers, priests and parents for participation, leadership and organization.

More information at: http://www.johnpaul2foundation4sport.org/

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SportsLeader

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SportsLeader is a virtue-based mentoring and motivation program for coaches which operates in the United States. It is for schools and teams, whether public or private, who are interested in a structured, intentional and specific method and curriculum to help teach virtue. It is flexible, easy to implement and is designed for the coach to integrate into their practice schedule. The program is for all grade levels from Kindergarten on up and is for both boys and girls.

More information at: http://www.sportsleader.org/



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Sportmeet

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Sportmeet is a worldwide network of sports and people who work in sports. We are men and women of every age, culture, ethnic background, language and religion who see sports as an important and positive reality that allows us to challenge ourselves and others.

Sportmeet is composed by sports enthusiasts from every background. Sportmeet is represented at the United Nations by New Humanity of which it is a member. This is an NGO with General Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) .

The official Sportmeet site is the window of their projects today: gathers and promotes the ideas, studies and research, projects and stories of people who commit to this spirit.

More information at: http://www.sportmeet.org/

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Catholic Athletes for Christ

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Catholic Athletes for Christ is an association based in the United States who serves Catholic athletes in the practice of their faith and shares the Gospel in and through sports. We work with athletes at all levels of sport in an effort to promote a Catholic sports culture. Was created in response to Blessed John Paul II's call to evangelize the world of sports and his establishment of the Vatican's Office of Sports.

The goal of Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is to provide an integrated network of sports oriented clergy and lay people to serve Catholic athletes, coaches and staff in the practice of their faith and to utilize the unique platform given to them to reach the world for Jesus Christ and His Church.

More information at: http://www.catholicathletesforchrist.org

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Best practices

Best practices

Here we would like to share with you some initiatives in the area of faith, values and sport that are taking place around the world. Of course there are many other ideas being put into practice in many places, and they could even be better. However, those we present here can be points of reference in the world of sport. They can encourage others to create new ideas...

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