Following are resources on ethics and
virtue in the field of
athletics and sports
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Councils, Institutes and Foundations:
Josephson Institute Center for Sports Ethics: Sportsmanship -
Pursuing Victory With Honor. Training and resources for coaches,
directors, and parents who want to promote sportsmanship and character
Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (JIIA): Critically
examining ethical, social, economic, and political issues surrounding
college sport in the United States and providing readers with
thought-provoking editorials, research articles, and reviews.
John Paul II Foundation for Sport – Peace Through Sport. "A sports
foundation inspired by John Paul II’s vision for sport, which has as its
primary focus the building of character through sport skills and
a virtue-based mentoring and motivation program for coaches of all ages,
youth through professional, for boys, girls, young men and young women.
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Varsity Catholic: "With a desire to serve the formative needs of
student-athletes,…We offer them an opportunity to learn how to live as
Christian athletes on the college campus."
- International Sports Ministry: Promotes a Christian presence in sport, to take the
teachings of the Bible and to apply them to sport.
Blessed John Paul II Speaks to Athletes: Homilies, Messages and
Speeches on Sport
"Sporting Activity in the Thought of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI" by
Bishop Josef Clemens
Church and Sport - Pontifical Council for the Laity.
"To foster a sports culture, as a means of
bringing about the holistic growth of the person at the service of peace
and brotherhood between peoples."
Sport: School of Virtue - A Field of Christian Mission.
Statements promoting sports from Popes and Vatican offices.
Association of Church Sports and Recreation Ministers (CSRM): Train,
equip and resource local church staff and volunteers, mobilizing them to
build bridges in their communities using sport, recreation and leisure
activities for the purpose of leading people into a personal
relationship with Christ.
Catholic Athletes for Christ: There are seven core virtues that
Catholic Athletes for Christ consider to be very valuable in the
practice of the faith for athletes and those involved in the world of
sports. They are Charity, Honesty, Humility, Meekness, Moderation,
Purity, and Good-Sportsmanship.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes: challenging coaches and athletes
to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus
Christ through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.
The Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development at
Neumann University is rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition and
believes that sport possesses an inescapable spiritual and ethical
dimension that merits academic exploration and practical application.
Role of a Sports Chaplain:
Sports Chaplaincy UK - Serving Sport Through Excellence in Chaplaincy - provides ‘holistic pastoral and spiritual
care…all towards the well-being of people in sport.’
The Sports Chaplain – Educator and Pastor (Pontifical Council of the
Laity – Church and Sport).
Sports Chaplains Network: to develop a national network of
gospel-centered sports chaplains who are focused on developing disciples
through relational ministry. Resource Categories (scroll down page).
Team Chaplain Resources: The Institute for Sport, Spirituality and
Character Development – Neumann University.
Sports Team Chaplaincy Guide.
Sports Devotionals: Verité Sport - International Sports Ministry
Athletic Commissioning Mass: Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, President of
Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his homily at the annual
Athletic Commissioning Mass. The Mass is offered up for all of the athletes,
coaches, and support staff that participate in Franciscan University's NCAA
Division III athletic programs.
Coaching Staff and Sport Chaplain Expectations (FCA Chaplains)
"Collegiate Sport Chaplaincy: Problems and Promise" by Steven
Waller, Ph.D., D. Min., Lars Dzikus, Ph.D., Robin Hardin, Ph.D. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 2008, 1, 107-123
107. © 2008 College Sport Research Institute.
Collegiate Sports Chaplains
- Exploration of an Emerging Profession (ChaplainsConnect)
A Reflection on the Practice of Sports Chaplaincy - Urban Theology
of a Chaplain – Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Virtues, Ethics and Character Development:
The Virtue-Driven Life by Mark Lowery, Ph.D. There are four cardinal
moral virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. They are
called "cardinal" from the Latin word for "hinge," (cardo,
the whole life of natural virtue pivots on these four key virtues. Think
of these as "grooves" in your life that keep you headed toward your final
destiny. Every particular virtue
- patience, magnanimity, gratitude,
- belongs to one of these grooves.
The Virtue of Prudence by Douglas McManaman
"Virtue of Sport" Catholic Register – Canada, 25 July 2012
Virtues For Well-Being: Living With Peacefulness In Any Life Situation
by Rachel Perry.
Virtuous Leadership: A 12-point summary of Alexandre Havard’s model.
Havard states that "Leadership is intrinsically linked to virtue." This
summary includes the virtues of magnanimity and humility, prudence
(practical wisdom), courage, self-control and justice. "By practicing
the virtues, leaders become mature in their judgments, emotions, and
The 52 Virtues: Here are the 52 virtues that have inspired the 52
Virtues Project. They are taken from "The Virtues Project Educator’s
Guide: Simple Ways to Create a Culture of Character."
Cardinal Virtues: A Course of Addresses to Young Men by Joseph Rickaby,
S.J. (University of Notre Dame). Click on a Chapter Title to move to that
section. Or, click on left/right arrow at very bottom of page to move
forward or backward to another section.
Catholic News Agency - Resources - Virtues: Includes
The Nature of Virtue,
Center for Christian Ethics – Baylor University: Helping to think
with a Christian mind about the ethical issues in our society is the
primary objective of The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor
"Schooling the Young into Goodness" (Center for Christian Ethics
at Baylor University), © 2009, Darin H. Davis and Paul J. Wadell.
Moral education should provide the young with an understanding of
life worthy of themselves–a
compelling account of goodness and how to achieve it. If we ask the
young only to pursue their desires, should we be surprised if,
instead of being uplifted by the freedom we hold out to them, they
become bored and disenchanted?
Sports Library (Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor
Diligence: the Virtue that Overcomes the Sin of Sloth
Fortitude: A Cardinal Virtue and a Gift of the Holy Spirit (About.com
Catholicism). Fortitude is the virtue that allows us to overcome fear
and to remain steady in our will in the face of obstacles.
The Life of Virtue - Virtue in Sport? The English Dominican
Studenate, Saturday, September 05, 2009
Magnanimity - In Search of
the Lost Virtue (PDF): "a reaching out of the soul to great things…"
"Players' Code of Conduct"
Prudence - Mother of All Virtues (PDF): Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice,
Fortitude & Temperance
What is Servant Leadership? (Greenleaf Center for Servant
Leadership): The phrase "Servant Leadership" was coined by Robert K.
Greenleaf in "The Servant as Leader," first published in 1970.
"Virtue and The Art of Living" by Dr. Edward P. Sri. A
10-part series of essays on virtue and the art of living.
Lay Witness is a publication of
Catholic United for the Faith, Inc.
Be A Man: Joe Ehrmann at TEDxBaltimore (Feb 20, 2013). Joe Ehrmann
has been an educator, author, activist, pastor and coach for more than
25 years. He was a college All-American athlete who played professional
football for 13 years. Among numerous awards, Joe has been named "The
Most Important Coach in America" for his work to transform the culture
"Clarity is a Virtue" Joe Ehrmann
"Character and Sports" by Dan Roloff. The High Calling, Oct. 10,
"The Christian's Competitive Instinct" by Earl Palmer. "The word for
competition in the New Testament is the Greek word athleo, from
which we have the English word athletic.…[St.] Paul uses the word
athleo. He competes as one of a team of runners united against
hardships, dangers, fears, and time – not against people or one another.
This is the best way to compete, because it focuses not on my
superiority or inadequacy alongside fellow athletes but our work
together in a grand race to God’s glory…"
"The Coach for Our Lives: Role of
the Holy Spirit in the New Millennium." © March 2007, Fr. Brian
"Coaches' Code of Conduct" Joe Ehrmann
"Cooperative Competition" Joe Ehrmann
"Don’t Let Conflict Keep You from Success" by Chris Widener
Emotional Health of Athletes and Coaches in Sport - Part 1:
Interview with Assistant Professor Benjamin Houltberg from Indiana
University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW);
Part 2 of interview with Assistant Professor Houltberg.
and Redemptive - Theology of Sports" by Richard McGrath, OSA,
Momentum, Nov./Dec.2009, pp. 8-12. When done well and initiated from an
appropriate Gospel perspective, the good experiences in sports spill
over into the lives of players, parents and siblings, into the lives of
their coaches and teachers and to the entire Catholic community.
"Inspiration Evokes the Vision - Motivation Empowers the Mission"
"Lessons From the Racquetball Court"
Philosophic Reflections in Sport ~ A Collection of Essays. SPOLINT
Institute, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Policy,
and Diplomacy in Sport - Slovenia.
Press On Toward The Goal - Philippians 3:13
"Proverbs 13:4 - Lazy of Diligent?" Roger Lipe
"The Pursuit of Excellence and the Scourge of Doping: Ethics in Sport as
a Social Paradigm" by Fr. Kevin Lixey, LC, International Sport
Forum, June 2, 2010, Brussels.
"A Reason To Win – The Only Disability in Life is a Bad Attitude":
Matthew Jeffers, a senior acting major at Towson University in Maryland
wrote a letter to the Baltimore Ravens, his favorite NFL team. It was a
perspective of his struggles with Skeletal Dysplasia, in relation to the
struggles of winning a Super Bowl, with the ultimate lesson that, "Life
is not fair," it doesn't care about feeling sorry for yourself or
"The Spirit in Competition" by Tim Stafford. The High Calling, Jan.
"The Spirituality of Sports in Catholic Schools" by Chad Evans,
Momentum, Nov./Dec.2009, pp. 36-38.
"Sports and Character: Five Question! Five Answers" by Edward
DeRoche, Momentum, Nov./Dec.2009.
"Sport in Light of the Year of St. Paul and in Response to the
‘Educational Emergency’" by Fr. Kevin Lixey, LC. Sports Symposium in
conjunction with the XX Parafiada Games, John Paul II Olympic Center,
Warsaw, July 7, 2008.
"Sports and Spirituality" by Lavell Edwards, Brigham Young
University, Head Football Coach. Published in Student Review, March,
1993, p. 18.
"Sports and Spirituality in Jesuit Higher Education" by Mark
Bandsuch, S.J. Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, Volume 21
Article 6, 4-1-2002.
Toward a Theology of Competition and Sport by Dr. Greg Linville.
What Makes a Team Strong?
"Whether God Has a Rooting Interest" by Marek Fuchs (NY Times)
"Work & Play: What is the Spirit of the Game?" by Dan Roloff. The
High Calling, Sept. 14, 2009.
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