I Would Not Trade It for the World: Black Women Student-Athletes, Activism, and Allyship in 2020–2021

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  • 1 Department of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA
  • | 2 Department of Athletics, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA
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Black women student-athlete activists at a historically white institution of higher education represent a group with unique lived experiences framed by intersecting identities. As student-activists, they are at risk for adverse mental health concerns associated with the emotional toils of fighting for racial justice. As Black female student-athletes at a historically white institution, they are also at risk for isolation. Acknowledging that race, class, and gender consistently intersect in sport is a necessary prerequisite for better mental health treatment, and for understanding Black women in sport and society. The purpose of this report is to identify the target groups’ needs from their perspectives as Black women student-athlete activists, for the purposes of understanding and serving them better. We present interviews with six Black female student-athlete activists at a historically white institution of higher education and three recommendations for sport psychology consultants positioned to be their allies.

Davis Brooks (dlbrooks@uncg.edu) is corresponding author, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7007-4473.

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