YMCA sports are based on the concept that fair play is the very essence of competition. Everybody should have an equal opportunity to compete and a fair chance to win. This fundamental virtue is a special inherent attribute of sport.
Fair play implies respect for oneself, one’s opponent and others involved in conducting the competition. Players, coaches, officials and spectators share a responsibility for fair play. Fair play sets the game above the prize.
The YMCA also believes that its sports programs can help people to grow personally, clarify values, improve relationships, appreciate diversity, develop leadership skills and have fun.
It is for the development of such virtues that the YMCA promotes its sports programs.