Crossing Goal Lines and Borders

Engaging Black Male Student-Athletes in Education Abroad


  • Devin Leslie Walker University of Texas
  • Louis Harrison University of Texas
  • Robert Bennett Denison University



identity foreclosure, Black male student-athletes, student development, education abroad, race


Many Black male student-athletes suffer from identity foreclosure at rates higher than their white peers as they fail to develop salient aspects of their identity outside of the athlete role (Murphy, Petitpas, & Brewer, 1996; Beamon, 2012).  Education abroad offers the opportunity to take advantage of a holistic collegiate experience, which impedes the detrimental effects of the athletic identity foreclosure process. International educational opportunities can positively influence Black male student-athletes’ personal, academic, and professional development as they come to see the world beyond the gym and campus. This article examines the significance and value of creating education abroad opportunities for Black male student-athletes as a means of providing meaningful educational opportunities in the realm of higher education.


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How to Cite

Walker, D. L., Harrison, L., & Bennett, R. (2019). Crossing Goal Lines and Borders: Engaging Black Male Student-Athletes in Education Abroad. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 12(1), 103–117.