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Sports Can Aid Personal Development, Says Pope

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 7, 2007 (Zenit.org).- When sports are pursued in the right spirit and with respect for dignity they can help promote the development of the person, Benedict XVI said.

The Holy Father explained this on Saturday when he received the Austrian National Alpine Ski Team in audience.

He explained: "Sports can help man to see his own capacities as talents and his life as a gift of God.

"Even when sports are pursued at high levels it is necessary to preserve the interior harmony between body and spirit, not reducing sports to a mere seeking after results."

The Pope invited his guests to be "messengers in the world of this winter sport so loved by the Austrian people."

Important Information

Just a reminder, all coaches/volunteers must have completed the Archdiocese's Protecting God's Children Workshop, which is coordinated by Safe Environment Program, as well as have a Missouri Background check done every 2 years, and have read, signed and returned to your parish the Code of Ethical Conduct, These are Archdiocesan requirements that the Catholic Youth Council fully supports.  You should contact your parish for details about these requirements and/or copies of the forms.

All Head Coaches/Managers in the CYC-Sports program also need to have attended the CYC Coaches Training program, "Coaching to Make a Positive Difference", This two hour class needs to be completed prior to the start of your season, and all coaches completing the program will receive a "Coaching Card" containing their official coaching number.  All other coaches need to have a CYC Photo ID Card.

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