In Chicago, Sports4Unity brought fifty youth from St. Clare of Montefalco, St. Gall, St Nicholas of Tolentine and Good Shepherd together with the Teens4Unity of St. Bruno and the Gen 3 of Chicago to develop their skills in athletics—and in peacemaking.
They began by agreeing to follow the Sports4Peace rules, based on Jesus’ commandment of mutual love:
- Play hard and do your best! – commit yourself completely and joyfully
- Play fair! – be honest with yourself and with others
- Persevere!-don’t give up even when it is difficult
- Consider the other!-respect everyone as each one is important in the game
- Celebrate! – rejoice in the success of both your team and the other’s
- Make a difference – big goals can only be achieved by working together
In the morning the parishes competed as teams in soccer, volleyball, basketball, dodge-ball, and kickball.
In the afternoon new mixed teams were created with members from different parishes. Roving “Ambassadors of Peace” awarded yellow bracelets to players who they observed following Sports4Peace rules. During the awards ceremony, there were medals for the teams with the highest scores in each event, and the two participants with the most yellow bracelets received a special prize.