Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2018

Department 1

Africana Studies


In this paper, I discuss the challenges and inequalities that Black male athletes face while playing college sports, particularly basketball and football at PWIs. I explore how this focus on sports pushes these individuals to focus on athletics rather than academics, as they are there on scholarships and are focused primarily on representing their schools and becoming professional athletes. I discuss multiple factors that play into these student-athletes' idea that athletics are more important than academics. Using multiple studies, I give information and statistics on the outcomes of these athletes. I also provide limitations of the studies I use so that others can expand the information given and contribute to this topic in the future.


Written as a research paper for Africana Studies 250: Black Bodies in American Sport.

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