Unification News for March 2004

Brazil: Family and Spiritual Education in Sports

by Jose Elias de Almeida

A seminar on Family and Spiritual Education in Sports, sponsored by "Clube Atletico Sorocaba" was held at the Hilton Hotel in Sao Paulo on February 19, 2004.

The theme of this seminar was "The Family in Sports", which was one of educational seminars hold by Clube Atletico Sorocaba". The main purpose of these seminars is to teach about Divine Principle, Godí»s Providence, and introducing the Interreligious and International Peace Council and its vision. It tries to testify about the lives of the True Parents and their works for the realization of peace in the world.

About 265 very important leaders participated in this seminar. Among them we had, Political leaders, Judges, Lawyers, Police authorities of Sao Paulo, Sport directors, Journalist, Religious leaders, outstanding former athletes of the Brazilian national team, Sport Secretariat of Sao Paulo, Businessmen, Liberal professionals, Representatives of the Political Parties and the NGOs.

Mr. Waldir Cipriani, master of Ceremony guided everyone through out the seminar. The President of Federaçao Paulista de Futebol, Dr. Marco Pólo Del Nero, gave the opening remark. We had a video presentation, featuring the founding of IIPC which was followed by the Divine Principle Lecture given by Mr. Mauricio Raimundo Baldini.

The representatives of True Parents, Rev. Zin-moon Kim and Rev. Heung-tae Kim spoke to participants with the welcoming and closing remarks. Also during closing banquet two testimonies were given by the authorities  to support True Parents.

Through the Clube Atletico Sorocaba we have hold a number of events and seminars with the purpose of promoting physical, moral and spiritual health in the world of sport, with hope that other clubs will perceive the importance of religion as a fundamental instrument in building a peaceful individual, family, national and world.

The spirit of the event was high and inspiring at the end there was a banquet. In the end, Clube Atletico Sorocaba offered some prices in honor of the great soccer veterans who played in Brazilian National Team in their youth.

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