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Playing for Peace in Sudan

January 6, 2012 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Villanova University and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Partner
in “Playing for Peace”

VILLANOVA, Pa. – When the Villanova University men’s basketball team takes on Seton Hall University Jan. 18 at The Pavilion (7 p.m.), the teams will be playing for more than just a victory. Villanova and Seton Hall will join forces with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in “Playing for Peace.” The Playing for Peace initiative, “Stay with Sudan: Build a Future,” aims to harness the power of college athletics, in order to shine a light on the Sudanese people who remain at risk of violence, hunger, displacement and human suffering.

Playing for Peace is co-sponsored by the Villanova University Partnership with CRS, the Villanova University and Seton Hall University athletic departments, and the Villanova University Center for Peace and Justice Education. The event is one of a series of University-wide efforts at Villanova in 2011-12 addressing the situation in Sudan and South Sudan.

As part of this initiative, CRS will provide the coaching staff of both teams with special Playing for Peace ribbons to wear during the game. Villanova and Seton Hall have also designed shooting shirts for players to wear during pre-game warm-ups and halftime. Additionally, CRS student ambassadors will greet fans as they enter the arena to distribute half-page fact sheets with information about “Playing for Peace,” and instructions for an important legislative ask. A halftime ceremony featuring remarks from the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President, will further shine a light on the importance of “Staying with Sudan.”

Villanova alumnus and Sudanese “Lost Boy” Malual Deng-Duot ‘11, as well as other Lost Boys living locally in Philadelphia, will be in attendance for the event.

Other Villanova University initiatives in the Campaign for Peace in Sudan include:

  • In Nov. 2010, the University held a Vigil for Peace in Sudan. In addition to a candle lighting and prayer, participants made cell phone calls to the White House comment line, encouraging President Obama to continue to press for peace and stability in Sudan before, during and after the referendum.
  • In Jan. 2011, the University sponsored a bus trip to take graduate student and Sudanese “Lost Boy” Malual Deng-Duot, and other Lost Boys living locally in Philadelphia, to Virginia to vote in the Sudanese referendum election.
  • In Nov. 2011, Villanova held a ceremony to officially raise the new South Sudanese flag at the University’s Connelly Center. Sudanese “Lost Boys” and other Sudanese dignitaries from Washington, D.C., attended the event.
  • Upcoming Catholic Social Teaching and Human Rights Conference (March 19-20, 2012) features experts on Sudan and Human Rights.

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