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Sports and faith join forces to change lives

“Challenge yourself in the game of life as you do in the game of sports” – Pope Francis

Have you found yourself standing on the sidelines this Fall encouraging your child to kick the soccer ball harder or give defense another try? Cheering as your varsity runner dashes across the finish line or football player makes a winning touchdown? Driving around and around to make sure your student makes it to practice or the game on time?

As parents we are fully aware of the important role sports can play in our students’ lives. Occasionally we may wonder, though, "where do sports fit into the bigger priorities of faith and life?" 

According to the first ever Global Conference on Faith and Sport at the Vatican this week, it's an easy question to answer (and yes, your efforts are worth it), because when sports and faith are on the same team—they work together to improve lives.

“Sport helps people become their best selves, and a healthy sporting culture helps build strong communities,” say the organizers of the Pontifical Council for Culture event Oct. 5-7, 2016.

Roger Federer, Pele and Pat LaFontaine are just a few of the sports stars expected to attend the conference, which strives to validate and endorse a set of guiding values that articulates how sport and faith can harness their combined influence to serve the greater good.

Encourage your athletes to take a faith-filled approach to sports. Read more about the six principles of sporting behavior—compassion, respect, love, enlightenment, balance and joy.  

Share your support for Humanity Sports Club and the 6 principles of sporting behavior using #HumanitySC and #GameChanger.