Youth sport organizations traditionally have focused their concern on training parents in sport and coaching skills, but have largely ignored their parent role. However, an increasing body of work exploring the phenomenon of fathering through sport has highlighted the need for youth sport organizations to become aware of and understand the dual roles of father and coach/volunteer and the potential impact on the participant and the sport organization of using sport as a site and mechanism for fathering (Kay, 2009; Messner, 2009). The purpose of this article is to examine recent literature about the ways—both positive and negative—that fathers use sport as a way to fulfill fatherhood responsibilities and the implications for sport management scholars and practitioners, particularly in voluntary youth sport organizations.
Jeffrey A. Graham is with the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Marlene A. Dixon is with the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management, Troy University, Troy, AL, and the Department of Kinesiology, University of Texas, Austin, TX. Nancy Hazen-Swann is with Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX.