The purpose of this study is to examine the sport participation experiences of NCAA Division III female basketball athletes. Specifically, I sought to understand from their perspective what it is like to participate in sports as well as their perspectives on how sport participation influenced their lives. Narrative theory was the conceptual framework guiding this study. Multiple in-depth interviews were used to elicit the athletes' sport participation stories. First, a sport history was gathered to get a chronological sense of the narrators' sporting experiences. The sport history gives context to the research questions, (i) What stories do NCAA Division III women basketball athletes tell about their sport participation experience, and (ii) How has participating in sports influenced their lives. The specific storylines that emerged from the narrators sport stories were, a) Negotiating the transition from high school to college, b) Homosexy: Comfort with one's sexuality c) For the love of the game, d) From isolation to camaraderie, e) Basketball: More than a game, f) Choosing between Division I and Division III g) Growing at the game of life, h) For the love of God: Growing one's faith though sports, i) A sporting community, a supporting community, j) Growth reflections, k) Sporting femininity: I want to be a ‘girly-girl’.
|Advisor:||Richardson, Mary Sue|
|Commitee:||Mattis, Jacqueline, Stage, Frances K.|
|School:||New York University|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 72/08, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Psychology, Higher education, Recreation|
|Keywords:||Basketball, NCAA Division III, Qualitative method, Sport participation, Women athletes, Women basketball athletes, Women college athletes|
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