Leisure is the basis of culture as Josef Pieper, a German Catholic philosopher/theologian wrote after WWII, and his ideas came from the post war recognition of a need for healing. Basically, he noted that in leisure, whose root word licere means freedom, has the capacity to free us to become our true selves. Collectively, leisure produces the elements of culture: art, music, drama, dance, cuisine, fashion, festivals, sport, etc. and provides the time and state of mind for their enjoyment. Recreation, unlike any other experience, holds the capacity for enjoyable cooperation if we choose to use it that way. Instead, we have pulled out sport and focused on competition. By promoting sport as a cooperative and enjoyable endeavor while also looking at other uses for recreation, like cultural exchanges, cross cultural music performances, art exhibits, poetry, dance, drama experiences, fashion and food, new connections might be found that transcend other differences.