Abstract

This study explores how athletics meets the challenges associated with creating a community out of difference and how its processes can serve as a model for higher education. Based on interviews with athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators from five NCAA division I institutions, this study reports traits that facilitate community-building: team members share a common goal; they engage in intense, frequent interaction; they share adversity; they have a common enemy; and they recognize that each individual has something important to contribute.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1090-7009
Print ISSN
0162-5748
Pages
pp. 369-396
Launched on MUSE
2001-06-01
Open Access
No
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