Athletic voices and academic victories: African american male student-athlete experiences in the Pac-Ten

Brandon E. Martin, C. Keith Harrison, Jeffrey Stone, Suzanne Malia Lawrence

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The purpose of this study was to explore participants' academic experiences and confidence about their academic achievement. Participants (N = 27) consisted of high-achieving African American male student-athletes from four academically rigorous American universities in the Pac-Ten conference. Most of the participants competed in revenue-generating sports and were interviewed to obtain a deeper understanding of their successful academic experiences. Utilizing a phenomenological approach four major themes emerged: "I Had to Prove I'm Worthy," "I'm a Perceived Threat to Society," "It's About Time Management," and "It's About Pride and Hard Work." Stereotype threat and stereotype reactance are investigated in relation to findings. Recommendations for scholars and practitioners that work with student-athletes are also articulated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-153
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Sport and Social Issues
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2010



  • Academic experiences
  • African American male student-athletes
  • Stereotype reactance and success
  • Stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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