2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture

Adeoye Adeyemo

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Place, Race, and Sports: Examining the Urban Neighborhood and Schooling Experiences, Perceptions, and Aspirations of Academically and Athletically Motivated Black Male High School Student-Athletes

This study utilized ethnographic methods, in-depth interviews and observations to investigate how four academically and athletically motivated black male student-athletes’ perceptions and aspirations were shaped within their urban schooling and neighborhood settings. Originating from a multiple case study methodology that examined the experiences, perceptions and identities of black males who played high school sports, this research draws from examinations that investigate the neighborhood influences on the social and educational outcomes of black people. This study employs the application of Critical Race Theory to center the experiences of black male athletes in U.S. schools and society. Findings highlight how adolescents received guidance from parents and peers, participated in recreational athletic and nonathletic activities, and were exposed to advanced academic curriculum and sports at an early age. These experiences aspired these black males to use their athletic skills as a platform to develop skills in medicine and technology. This study has implications for expanding the understanding of the perceptions and aspirations of black male athletes who live in urban neighborhoods and attend urban schools. Furthermore, it provides policymakers and administrators insights that can be applied to programming and activities that support the social and academic development of black male student athletes.