Challenging stereotypes of black male students who are high school athletes
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The purpose of this research was to better understand how neighborhood and schooling experiences contributed to the perceptions, aspirations and identity development of Black male high school student athletes. Drawing from research that examines the neighborhood influences on social and educational outcomes, this study used a multiple case study methodology, including interviews, observations, and school data, to examine how the neighborhoods where eight Black male high school student athletes lived, influenced their experiences in an urban Midwestern city. Research participants resided in three economically distinct and predominantly Black neighborhoods. Research participants were classified into three categories: 1) academically motivated, 2) athletically motivated and 3) academically and athletically motivated. Findings indicate that although place influenced the experiences of all participants, support from family members and participation in recreational activities and programs beyond sports contributed to the identity, perceptions and aspirations of Black male high school student athletes.
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