PERCEPTIONS OF PEER SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISM IN REGIONAL UNIVERSITY STUDENT-ATHLETES

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May 2023

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Historically speaking, sports and politics have always been intertwined, and in this current time, more attention has been given to this fact. As athletes and their followers continue to become more vocal, they have used their increased voice to highlight controversial issues such as alleged police brutality, voting rights, transgender rights, and other issues as well. While professional athletes often get the spotlight to draw awareness to the discussed topics, collegiate athletes have also drawn light to such issues in the past and are starting to do so more frequently in the modern day. Given this development, the current study surveyed 93 student-athletes at a university located in the Southwest region of the United States. A series of results showed that most student-athletes are open and willing to listen to their teammates and colleagues when they engage in social justice activism. Political affiliation was the strongest indicator for determining whether a student-athlete was open to listening to and engaging in social justice activism. Other strong indicators were race and gender; however, sex was not associated to the social justice activism. Future research may look to engage in whether time in college changes these feelings toward activism and whether chemistry and rapport between teammates play a significant role in affecting social justice activism attitudes on campus.

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Psychology, Social, Sports and Exercise, Political Science, General

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