JP2 Foundation for Sport

JP2 Foundation

The John Paul II Foundation for Sport (JP2F4S) is the joint legacy of the life of Blessed John Paul II and the 2012 Games. The inspiration behind the Foundation is Pope John Paul’s own vision of sport as a means of building spiritual character through excellence in sporting skills and fitness.
Pope John Paul II’s life and teachings showed that every sport, at amateur and competitive levels, 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 and a sense of solidarity and unselfishness.
The John Paul II Foundation for Sport aims to enable an ever increasing number of people – in particular the young – to “live life to the full” through sport guided by the principles identified by Pope John Paul II and set out in the 120 messages he delivered to the sporting world during his lifetime.

Although Catholic in inspiration, the Foundation is – as Christ is – for all. Whatever a person’s race, ethnicity, economic situation, background or belief, age or ability, whether they are single or partnered, they are welcome as members of the JP2F4S.
The JP2F4S aims to promote sport as a catalyst and medium to enable all people to embrace a greater vision of, and higher values for, themselves and those around them.  With this in mind, the Foundation will seek to support the creation of new sports clubs in parishes and schools across the country, starting in the London area around the 2012 Olympic Park Games.
It is JP2F4S’s vision that these sports groups will foster the growth of inner peace, respect for others, self-control and cooperation between young people, as well as enable all those interested in sport to develop the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual aspects of their lives (PIES).
As part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy, the Foundation’s work will begin to seriously take off after the 2012 London Games in honour of the life of John Paul II.

Mgr Vladimir Felzmann
07810 116508
Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN


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