Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Major

Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Date of Defense

9-7-2017

Graduate Advisor

Matthew Davis

Committee

Thomasina Hassler

Carl Hoagland

Timothy Makubuya

Abstract

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore how African American male student athletes developed their athletic and racial identity and how this impacted their academic identity. I conducted two in depth interviews with 6 African American male current or former student athletes who played basketball or football in high school but were not eligible to be a NCAA qualifier for an athletic scholarship. I sought to investigate the point when the student athletes began their career in athletics and when athletics began to impact their academic performance and why it impacted academic performance. I also investigated how the African American male student athlete began to develop identity and how athletic and racial identity impacted the development of their academic selves.

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