Sports and extracurricular activities are pervasive features in American higher education with potential for major impacts on student motivation, development, and success. Sports are also highly significant activities in the African American community. Yet these activities have not been widely or systematically studied. This issue examines the role of sport and its historical and contemporary connections to education within the African American community. One article examines some key historical roots of African American participation in professional golf. Other studies in this special issue present analyses that examine how involvement in sports and athletic programs may be associated with and affect (a) academic investment, resilience, and achievement; (b) college choice decisions; (c) student’s perceptions of African American athletes; and (d) faculty interactions with African American student-athletes. Each article will stimulate interest and promote further investigation not only of the concerns addressed here but also other issues relevant to African American males.


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