Our Boys and The Last Shot: Examples of the Power of Community Involvement in Underprivileged America

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  • Claire C. Schaeperkoetter

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/jas.v1i1.4926

Abstract

The central focus of this essay was to examine different socio-cultural structures that affect high school aged athletes in seemingly different impoverished areas in the United States. Specifically, narratives in the popular press books The Last Shot and Our Boys were explored in order to highlight similarities and differences between the high school athletes in these two different urban and rural environments. In all, four factors that showcase the power of community involvement in underprivileged America emerged: the values promoted by the high school coach, the socioeconomic status of the community, the public education system, and the battle between the desire to escape the community and fear of the unknown. The implications of community involvement are discussed and avenues for future research are presented.

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Published

2015-06-16

How to Cite

Schaeperkoetter, C. C. (2015). Our Boys and The Last Shot: Examples of the Power of Community Involvement in Underprivileged America. Journal of Amateur Sport, 1(1), 101–111. https://doi.org/10.17161/jas.v1i1.4926

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