Pope gives coaches game plan for building team spirit, ethical players

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May 14, 2015

A coach congratulates a player during a Catholic baseball camp in 2014 at Russell Sports Complex in Kent, Wash. Coaches need to show integrity, fairness, patience, joy and kindness, especially toward those who are struggling, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear) See POPE-COACHES May 14, 2014.

A coach congratulates a player during a Catholic baseball camp in 2014 at Russell Sports Complex in Kent, Wash. Coaches need to show integrity, fairness, patience, joy and kindness, especially toward those who are struggling, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Coaches need to show integrity, fairness, patience, joy and kindness, especially toward those who are struggling, Pope Francis said.

Like any good educator, a good coach or trainer is extremely important in helping kids develop into mature, well-balanced and well-rounded adults, he said.

Instilled with solid values and Christian faith, athletes can help prevent sports from becoming distorted by “pressure from many increasingly intrusive interests, especially economic,” he said in a written message released May 14.

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