The Impact for Women of Kalamazoo College Athletics: Good for the Athletes, Good for the College
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With increasing opportunities in athletics for women at Kalamazoo College (K), a need exists to examine the impact of athletics on females who participate. By surveying alumnae athletes from Kalamazoo College (K), this study hoped to investigate the self-perceived benefits of sports for females who have participated since the enactment of Title IX. The majority of responses received indicated a positive experience in Kalamazoo College athletics, with several benefits gained. According to the responses, athletics helped the majority of respondents to better enjoy the college experience, to develop meaningful relationships with other athletes, to adjust to college life, and to access resources. However, only a minority of respondents reported that K athletics helped them to maintain connections with the college. Many of the responses to this survey agree with past research on general populations of collegiate athletes; however, the specific answers of K female athletes also generated their own unique patterns. Athletes who graduated before 1993 showed some statistically significant differences for many of the categories compared to athletes who graduated in 1993 and after. In several areas, K athletics provides many positive influences for females, yet other aspects exist where improvement needs to occur to effectively help female athletes.
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