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Athletics and Sports Ethics and Virtue Web Resources

Following are resources on ethics and virtue in the field of athletics and sports
gleaned from Internet reference searches.
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Councils, Institutes and Foundations:          Index

  • Saint 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
  • The Champions of Character "Five Core Values": help young people – and those associated with their development – make good choices in all aspects of their life and reflect the true spirit of competition. 5 Core Values: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Servant Leadership.
  • 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."
    • "Coaches: Educating People" – May 14-15, 2015 International Seminar by Pontifical Council for the Laity, Church and Sports Section.
    • Sport at the Service of Humanity (Vatican): Declaration of Principles. "…guiding values that articulates how sport and faith can harness their combined influence to serve the greater good…"
  • 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.
  • Foundation for the Study of Sports & the Christian Spiritual Life: "our hope is that the community of believers might come to view their participation in sports not as yet another activity on an already busy schedule, but instead as an intentional and active desire to encounter the sacredness of Christ amidst even the most seemingly profane activities."
  • 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.
  • 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 fitness."
  • Sport God’s Way: "What it looks like to be a Christian in sports culture.…to see Christians glorifying God in sports culture rather than just conforming to it." Click on Topics for articles on various different topics that are prevalent in sport.
  • SportsLeader: a virtue-based mentoring and motivation program for coaches of all ages, youth through professional, for boys, girls, young men and young women. Check out the Latest Updates section.
  • 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."
  • Verité Sport - International Sports Ministry: Promotes a Christian presence in sport, to take the teachings of the Bible and to apply them to sport. Articles | Theology of Sport | Sports Devotionals.

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