From Podcasts to the Playing Field: Creating a Culture of Gender Inclusivity Within the Stone Kickball League

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Peyton J. Stensland School of Human Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

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Dominique C. Kropp Department of Sport Science and Management, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, USA

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Sarah E. Tackett Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, USA

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Farah J. Ishaq Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

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Sarah Stokowski Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

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Hall’s Circuit of Culture provided a framework in the context of this case study to help understand and alter cultural systems within an organization. Specifically, the Circuit of Culture was applied to the Stone Kickball League, a hypothetical, nonprofit, adult community sport organization, with nearly 400 participants across the local Keystone City, Oklahoma area. Felicity Campbell, the league’s newly appointed commissioner, was tasked with creating necessary change to address league-wide issues of inclusivity, recruitment, and retention, particularly among female-identifying and gender minority participants. By incorporating Hall’s Circuit of Culture framework, Felicity reviewed cultural components of the organization through document collection, personal experiences, and research. Felicity’s Summary of Findings provided ample evidence of gender and cultural issues within the Stone Kickball League. Students will analyze the Summary of Findings and propose strategies to implement a positive environment and create a culture that integrates and promotes greater inclusivity within the Stone Kickball League while also developing recommendations to address the issues identified throughout the case.

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  • Hall, S. (1997). Representations: Cultural representations and signifying practices. SAGE.

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