WHY REV. MOON LOVES SOCCER: VISION FOR PEACE THROUGH SPORT 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.
One of the thousands of world known people supporting Sun Myung Moon is the Brazilian soccer player, Pele. "The King of Soccer" supports Rev. Moon in recent Sports for Peace initiatives. According to them, football is a natural bridge between cultures, 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 Cup -
Pioneer in the fight for human rights and tenfold congressman, Lecturer Walter Fauntroy notes: " I fully uphold Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, because he invest all 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, Rv. 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 match which takes 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. Through the guidance of Rv. Moon, the team trains football players in a big sports center.He has changed 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.
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Reverend Moon and Sports