Sport … contributes to the love of life, teaches sacrifice, respect and responsibility, leading to the full development of every human person …”
The inspiration behind the John Paul II Foundation for Sport (JP2F4S) is Pope John Paul’s own vision of sport as a means of building spiritual character through excellence in sporting skills and fitness.
The John Paul II Foundation for Sport charity therefore aims to enable an ever increasing number of people – in particular the young – to achieve inner peace through sport guided by the Principles identified by John Paul II and set out in his declarations and writing.
The Foundation’s Principles
John Paul II showed in his life and his teachings that “every sport, at both amateur and the competitive level, requires basic human qualities such as:
- rigorous preparation
- continual training
- awareness of one’s personal limits
- fair play
- acceptance of rules
- respect for one’s opponent
- a sense of solidarity and unselfishness
Sport “trains the body and spirit for persevering effort, courage, balance, sacrifice, honesty, friendship, collaboration…”
Sport can bring “a zest for challenge and a sense of discipline.”
“When sports are played and understood in the right way, they are an extraordinary expression of a person’s best inner energies and of the ability to
- Overcome difficulties
- Set oneself goals to be reached through sacrifice
- Determination in facing the difficulties of competition”
If you feel you can pledge to play and understand sport according to John Paul II’s approach, please sign up to the principles by filling in the form on the Application page.
JP2F4S will accept applications from individuals, groups or teams who wish to participate and enable people to join others with similar interests and needs.