Evaluation of an Integrated Disability Basketball Event for Adolescents: Sportsmanship and Learning

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 1 Loyola University of Chicago
  • 2 Catholic Youth Organization, Chicago
  • 3 Department of Human Services, Chicago
  • 4 Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Chicago
  • 5 Schurz High School, Chicago
  • 6 Catholic Office of the Deaf, Chicago
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The purpose was to evaluate perceived sportsmanship behaviors and learning outcomes of a one-day integrated basketball clinic and tournament, titled the Sports for Mutual Admiration and Respect Among Teens (SMART) Games, cooperatively planned and implemented by over 17 agencies. Participants were 55 adolescents (28 without disabilities and 27 with hearing, cognitive/emotional, mobility, or visual disabilities), ages 14 to 18, M age = 15.5. Tournament play was in four divisions, one for each disability, with rules and skills modified accordingly. Quantitative and qualitative data collected afterwards revealed only one significant difference between genders and no significant differences between participants with and without disabilities on the other sportsmanship behaviors (competition, help with skill, equity, fair, effort). Except for ratings on perceived help with skills, sportsmanship ratings were relatively high, ranging from 3.07 to 3.56 on a 4-point scale. Perceived learning outcomes pertained to increased understanding of individual differences and sportsmanship.

Please direct correspondence concerning this article to Dr. Pamela Fenning, Loyola University of Chicago, 1041 Ridge Rd., Wilmette, Illinois, 60091, E-mail: <pfennin@wpo.it.luc.edu>.