Eliminating Barriers to Youth Sport in Greenville, North Carolina

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This case study helps students better understand barriers to youth sport participation that low-income families face and then offer solutions to alleviate some barriers and create a more inclusive sport community. The case focuses on the struggle that many sport organizations face when trying to increase diversity and inclusiveness, regardless of socioeconomic status. Greenville Recreation and Parks Department Development Intern Sarah identifies issues with the department’s current financial assistance program and collects parents’ feedback detailing community needs that are not being met. This case provides an opportunity for students to (a) examine how sport organizations unintentionally create barriers for some community members and (b) find innovative ways to reduce barriers to youth sport participation and create more inclusive systems.

O’Brien is with USA Triathlon, Colorado Springs, CO, USA. Warner and Sartore-Baldwin are with the Dept. of Kinesiology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA.

Warner (warners@ecu.edu) is corresponding author.

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