The focus of this pilot study was aimed at investigating one New York State high school’s approach to sponsoring athletics among other aspects of curricular/extracurricular programming. Research captured the perspective(s) of relevant stakeholder groups. These included one principal, one athletic director, two teacher-athletic coaches, one admin-athletic coach, and two student athletes. Research began with a close review of relevant literature. Qualitative methods were used in this pilot study. Data was drawn from interviews, school mission/vision documents, and an athletic code of conduct. These data points were triangulated, analyzed, and coded using in-vivo and thematic coding. This research is a small contribution to the topic of school sponsored athletics, and approaches one school uses when programming and sponsoring athletics. Little research has sought to uncover how interscholastic sports function among other aspects of curricular/extracurricular programming. School sponsorship of athletics is very prevalent in US secondary schools. Research has pointed to the potential of athletics to enhance or subvert curricular goals of a school. More research must be conducted to understand how sports are best positioned in schools, and how the benefits to a school can be best harnessed.
Student, MS Secondary Education, St. John's University, New York, United States
SCHOOL SPONSORED ATHLETICS, EXTRACURRICULAR ATHLETICS, INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS, ATHLETIC PROGRAMMING