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Black High School Students' Participation in School-Sponsored Sports Activities: Effects on School Engagement and Achievement

Will J. Jordan
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 68, No. 1, Preparing Students for the New Millenium: Exploring Factors That Contribute to the Successful Education of African American Students (Winter, 1999), pp. 54-71
DOI: 10.2307/2668209
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2668209
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Black High School Students' Participation in School-Sponsored Sports Activities: Effects on School Engagement and Achievement
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Abstract

Myths abound about the role of sports in schooling, particularly for Black student athletes. The literature affords little guidance on the specific relationship between participation in school-sponsored sports and various outcomes for Black adolescents. Using a nationally representative sample, this study examines: (a) the effects of sports participation on various school engagement and student self-evaluative variables, controlling for important background characteristics such as SES and gender; (b) the potential differential effects of sports participation for Black students; and (c) the degree to which sports participation affects Black students' academic achievement. Sports participation was found to improve the school engagement and academic self-confidence of all student athletes. Moreover, a positive intervening relationship was found between sports participation and academic achievement.

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