Unification News for March 2004

The Second Annual Interreligious Peace Sports Festival

by Rev. John W. Gehring

We are inviting young men and women athletes to Korea from July 20th 27th, 2004 to join us in celebrating the second annual Interreligious Peace Sports Festival. The Festival is a sporting event designed to build and promote friendship and peace among people from different cultural and religious backgrounds using the powerful medium of sports competition.

From all continents, athletes between the ages of 16 and 22 will compete in over thirty events covering eight sports. Athletes can apply for the following sporting events: Track, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot put, Discus, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis (doubles & singles), Badminton (doubles & singles) and Table Tennis (doubles & singles). The top three finalists in each sporting event will be honored in a ceremony and awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively.

The Interreligious Peace Sports Festival will be Interreligious and International and will display through its activities the power and beauty of unity among diversity. There is no charge for applying and no registration fee. For the accepted athletes the Festival will provide a grant, covering room, board and scheduled local travel during the program. The Festival organizers do not cover international travel.

The Interreligious Peace Sports Festival is of many initiatives of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP). The IIFWP is a worldwide organization that is actively promoting, in a wide variety of fields, opportunities for international and cross-cultural exchange that enhance bonds of cooperation and friendship. The Sun Moon University, located in Asan, South Korea, will host the 2004 Festival.

Applications are available only online at www.ipsfestival.org. If you have questions or need more information please feel free to contact us:

Interreligious Peace Sports Festival
c/o Interreligious International Federation for World Peace
155 White Plains Road, Suite 204 Tarrytown, New York 10591
E-mail:  info @ ipsfestival org
Tel: 914-631-1331 ext. 452
Fax: 914-631-1308

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