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About Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference

The Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference is an invitation-only gathering bringing together leaders in athletics, education, faith communities, and youth sports to discuss the power of sport to effect positive change in the world. The event features speakers, panels, and breakout groups focused on building a global movement to use the power of faith and sports for the common good.

About the Conference

The annual conference grew out of an initiative launched by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, which held the first global conference in 2016 at the Vatican. That event included two days of intensive conversation among a variety of stakeholders, focused on how sport and faith can drive positive social change. The discussion centered around three themes: inspiration, inclusion, and involvement, and how sports participation and fandom can build and nurture all three.

Subsequent events to explore faith and sport at the collegiate level were hosted at Villanova University in 2017 and at Loyola Marymount University in 2018. In November 2019 Georgetown University hosted the conference on its campus in Washington, DC, where participants continued to dig into themes of inspiration, inclusion, and involvement.

About Sport at the Service of Humanity

Inspired by His Holiness Pope Francis, Sport at the Service of Humanity (SSH) is a global movement dedicated to promoting the positive values of ALL faith and sport to unite communities, inspire youth, and better serve humanity. Sport at the Service of Humanity was launched in October 2016 when the Pontifical Council for Culture hosted the first global conference on Faith & Sport at the Vatican. This gathering brought together global thought leaders and influencers from different religions, sports organizations, and businesses to discuss how faith and sport could work together for the betterment of the world.

About Georgetown University

Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Georgetown University today is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. Students learn to lead lives of deeper meaning, belonging, and purpose with access to one of the largest and most diverse campus ministry programs in the country, with Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu chaplains living and serving across campus. Nearly 700 student-athletes compete in 29 sports for Georgetown and with more than 196,000 alumni, you can hear Hoyas cheering around the world. A major student-centered, international, research university, Georgetown offers respected undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in Washington, DC, Doha, Qatar, and around the world. For more information about Georgetown University, visit