The purpose of sport: perspectives of players, coaches, parents, and administrators

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Abstract

Research question: How do stakeholders in a school community sport program view the purpose of sport? Research methods: Participants (n=61) in a community school sport program included administrators, coaches, student-athletes, students who do not participate in sports, and parents of athletes. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted, and data were analyzed using a modified thematic analysis approach. Results and Findings: Results indicate that stakeholders believe that the purpose of sport includes character building, life management skills, learning to compete, skill development, and social goals. Character building can be further divided into self-discipline and grit, and social goals were further divided into friendships, bonding, and teamwork. Implications: Finding suggests overlap with Lerner’s (2007. The good teen: Rescuing adolescence from the myths and storm and stress years. The Stenesong Press) 5 Cs of PYD and life skills assessments. Organizations may wish to consider approaching evaluations through both stakeholder-identified outcomes and theory identified outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalManaging Sport and Leisure
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • character
  • community sport development
  • developmental assets
  • life skills
  • Positive youth development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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