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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Sun Myung Moon: Play Football, Make Peace! Peace Cup

Peace through Sports


Why Rev. Moon Loves Soccer:

Peace is undeniably the highest value or our age. Reverend Moon teaches that peace becomes possible when we acknowledge the existence of other peoples, nations and cultures, that is, when we do not ostracize, but accept and embrace people who are different from us.




"Play Football, Make Peace! Peace Cup"

One of the thousands of world known people supporting San Myung Moon is the Brazilian soccer player, Pele. "The King of Soccer" supports Rev. Moon in recent Sports for Peace initiatives.

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According to them, football is a natural bridge between cultures, religions, races, ethnic groups and nations. Because of this vision for football, as a powerful unifying and peacemaking force, Dr. Moon founded in 2002 the World Cup football for peace - King Peace Cap. Read More

Pioneer in the fight for human rights and tenfold congressman, Lecturer Walter Fauntroy notes: "I fully uphold Rev Dr. San Myung Moon, because he invests all of his finances and full potential of his organizations for two main purposes; peace and families."

Senator Larry Preslar added: "My admiration of Dr. Moon and his wife grew enormously. His energy, vision and dedication to the cause of peace are unprecedented in the history of mankind. "

Following his vision and ideal of peace, Rev. Moon established the Il Hwa Professional Soccer Team in Sung Nam promoting World Peace through the football (soccer). Additionally, he established the Sorocabe Soccer Team and the Cene Soccer Team managing all with success.

Its celebrations are held in university football stadiums and are centered on a mach which takes on a character of compromise and commitment for the cause of world Peace . In his native land of Korea, he won the support and trust of some government officials than understand his vision and philosophy of peace.

Peace Cup 2007:

Reverend Sun Myung Moon giving the awards to the Champion of the Peace Cup 2007.

Through the guidance of Rev. Moon, the team trains football players in a big sports center. He has change the status of an ordinary game. It conveys similar messages as a successful football team: applying individual efforts toward a greater goal, respect to the opponents and the game, sacrifice, good ethic and moral standard, plus the ideal of promoting peace inside and abroad.



Peace Cup: The first three competitions were held in South Korea, and the 2009 Peace Cup Andalucia was held in Madrid and Andalusia, Spain. Previous winners are PSV, Tottenham Hotspur, Lyon, and Aston Villa, who are current champions, having won the most recent final in Seville against Juventus on 2 August 2009. A corresponding event for women's teams began in 2006 with the name "Peace Queen Cup", featuring eight women's national teams from five continents.


SPORTS
Promoting Health and Building Peace

Reverend Moon is a major supporter of sports because in addition to their well-known health benefits, his vision is that enemities between nations, classes, religions and races should be fought out on a playing field rather than a battle field. He also sees sports activities as effective ways to reach out to young people who naturally respond to exciting activities such as martial arts and sports competitions.

SOCCER

Soccer is the world’s favorite pastime and the only sport that is truly universal in popularity. Thus, soccer is a natural bridge between cultures, religions, races, ethnic groups and nations. Reverend Moon has invested resources in soccer because of his vision of the powerful unifying, peacemaking power of sports and soccer in particular.

Play Soccer, Make Peace

Founded in 2004 as a special project of the World Association for Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO), Play Soccer, Make Peace promotes peace by organizing soccer tournaments in conflict-prone regions working with local sports associations. Thus far, Soccer for Peace tournaments have taken place in 35 countries including India, Israel, Gaza, Nepal, the Philippines, Angola, Cambodia and the Congo. (Read more: http://www.wango.org/news/news/psmp.htm)

Sun Moon Soccer Foundation:

Professional Soccer Teams in Korea and Brazil

In the interest of promoting soccer as the only truly international sport with the power to unify the world, Reverend Moon founded professional soccer teams in both Korea and Brazil: the prominent Il Hwa Soccer Team in Seong Nam, Korea, and the Sorocaba Soccer Team in Brazil.

In 2005, in recognition of Reverend Moon's support for soccer in Korea, his top advisor, Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak, was elected president of Korea’s top soccer league, the Korea Professional Soccer League.

Sun Moon Peace Cup Tournaments

Founded in 2002, the Sun Moon Peace Cup is an international soccer tournament held annually in Korea with a Men's Peace Cup and a Women's Peace Queen Cup tournaments. The Sun Moon Peace Cup promotes world peace through soccer games, transcending the barriers of ideologies and religions. www.peacecup.com/eng

Interreligious Peace Sports Festival (IPSF)

This is a global interfaith and intercultural athletic event held every other year. Young sportsmen and sportswomen from around the world attend IPSF in the spirit of cooperation and compete as representatives of their religion, culture and nation. During the Festival athletes have opportunities to take part in cultural programs, educational workshops and service projects. These activities contribute to the spirit of friendship and cooperation.

Pele visited Rev. Moon in Korea
Pelé, the Former Minister of Sports for Brazil, has acknowledged that the “Sports Festival is offering sports as a way to promote friendship and peace. This is an excellent opportunity for young athletes of all cultures to contribute to building a spirit of peace.” The Interreligious Peace Sports Festival appeals to athletes to use and invest their talents to go beyond competitive excellence in sports, creating unique opportunities that promote greater global understanding.
www.ipsfestival.org

See also:

Peace Cup Athletes Effort in Korea
Rev. Sun
Myung Moon, His Works

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