Coubertin Quote for Feb, 14
Sport is the birthright of all, equally and to the same degree, and nothing can replace it.

As he launched the Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century, Baron Pierre de Coubertin had to battle against the prevailing idea that sport was a luxury pastime, a privilege for the leisure class. The struggle persisted across his career in the everchanging definitions of amateurism, which were meant to exclude various groups. Recalling those early battles as he wrote his Olympic Memoirs, Coubertin remained adamant that sport was a right that everyone must be free to enjoy.

"For every man, woman and child, sport offers an opportunity for self-improvement quite independent of profession or position in life. Sport is the birthright of all, equally and to the same degree, and nothing can replace it … Sport is the birthright of all races."