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Building True Sport Communities

Over the past few years, leaders in the sport, physical activity and healthy living sectors have been examining the important role sport plays in strengthening the social fabric of our communities. It is well recognized that community sport, in particular, has great potential for building community relationships, creating a sense of neighbourhood and belonging, and fostering a more active citizenry. The True Sport Movement was created to help sport realize this potential. True Sport is committed to the belief that sport makes a powerful and positive contribution to the development of people and communities, and to exploring the deeper connection between sport, community and values.

The True Sport Secretariat, the national body responsible for coordinating all True Sport activities, is the driving force behind achieving this vision. On May 31-June 1, 2004, True Sport and Philia teamed up to co-sponsor a panel discussion and dialogue on building True Sport communities - communities that celebrate and nurture the core values of fairness, excellence and inclusion through sport. Over the course of the two days, participants were invited to explore how sport can create more vibrant and inclusive communities and envision what we must do to create them.

Noted sportswriter Wendy Long covered the proceedings. You can read her article on the True Sport website by clicking here, or download a printable PDF version of the story here.

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