Coubertin Quote for May, 15
Every four years the restored Olympic Games must provide a happy and fraternal meeting place for the youth of the world, a place where, gradually, the ignorance of each other in which people live will disappear.

As he appealed to the people of Athens, Greece to rally behind the first edition of the modern Olympic Games, which they were destined to host two years hence, Baron Pierre de Coubertin promised Greece that the Games would be more than an international sporting event.  He promised they would serve the greater purpose of helping the youth of all nations overcome the ignorance that had always separated them—and that through their contact on the field of play, they would form friendships that would ultimately help make the world a better place.  This passage appears in “Neo-Olympism:  Appeal to the People of Athens,” a speech the Baron gave in 1894 which then appeared in the Le Messager d’Athenes, a major newspaper at the time.

“Every four years the restored Olympic Games must provide a happy and fraternal meeting place for the youth of the world, a place where, gradually, the ignorance of each other in which people live will disappear.”