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Vassilios Ziakas and Sylvia Trendafilova

things. He just graduated with a Master’s Degree in Sport Management and was hired by the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) as a Sport Event Coordinator. His first task was to write a report regarding a new sport event that could potentially be hosted by the rural community of Panorama. He knew that

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Lionel Frost, Margaret Lightbody and Abdel K. Halabi

Australian Football clubs have traditionally been seen as contributing social benefits to the rural communities in which they are embedded. Declining numbers of participants, both players and volunteers, suggest that this role may not be as strong today. Critical explorations of the extent to which football has driven social inclusion and exclusion in such environments emphasizes a historic masculine culture of drinking and violence that segregates and marginalizes women and children. Less is known about the contemporary strategic efforts of clubs to use social capital to support their activities, and whether the resources they generate have positive impacts on social inclusion in the wider community. We use evidence from the Parliament of Victoria’s Inquiry into Country Football (2004) to explore the current focus of rural Australian Football clubs regarding social inclusion, in light of changes occurring in society and rural towns in the 21st century.

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Jamee A. Pelcher and Brian P. McCullough

collegiate athletic departments benchmarking 1-, 5-, and 10-year goals for the strategic plan. Smallville University Smallville University (SU) is a coeducational public regional university in a small, rural town located in North Carolina. Smallville has a population of approximately 9,000 residents. The

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Jason Reese

work together to follow the organizational creed, which ends with “service to humanity is the best work of life” (, 2019 ). Globally, there are over 200,000 members in more than 5,000 local organizations. In a town of about 30,000 residents in rural East Texas, the local chapter of the Jaycees

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James E. Johnson, Chrysostomos Giannoulakis and Beau F. Scott

interscholastic competitive balance policy relative to a number of variables (i.e., public/nonpublic, rural, metropolitan, classification status, and tournament result). A 16-year review of Indiana high school state champions and runners-up in all sports revealed that most of the success was garnered by nonpublic

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Joshua Woods

favors the largely suburban and rural populations of the Midwest over the more urbanized Pacific Coast and mid-Atlantic regions. Among the four Census regions, the West and Northeast have significantly higher percentages of the population residing in urban areas than do the Midwest and South ( U

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Robert J. Lake

cultures, notably English soccer ( Gibbons, 2014 ; Vincent & Hill, 2011 ), American baseball ( Gems, 2011 ), Australian rules football ( Collins, 2011 ), Welsh rugby ( Johnes, 2004 ), Gaelic sports ( Brady, 2009 ), traditional English rural sports ( Collins, 2005 ), American university sports ( McGregor

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Carrie W. LeCrom and Tiesha Martin

providing impactful, sustainable programming that does change society as a whole. References Adams , W.M. , & Megaw , C.C. ( 1997 ). Researchers and the rural poor: Asking questions in the Third World . Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 21 ( 2 ), 215 – 229 . doi:10.1080/03098269708725426 10

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Hebe Schaillée, Ramón Spaaij, Ruth Jeanes and Marc Theeboom

% of attendees, mainly volunteers from local sports clubs). Free workshops were held at two of the participating university campuses thanks to internal funding support. At the grassroots level, researchers traveled to various local sports clubs in urban and rural areas to deliver in-house presentations

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Andrea Schlegel, Rebecca Pfitzner and Joerg Koenigstorfer

subjective well-being are lower compared with means that have been reported in previous studies on subjective well-being in Brazil. De Souza and Hidalgo ( 2012 ) report means of 73.4 ( SD  = 18.7) using a nonrepresentative sample of 1,128 German immigrant descendants from rural towns in South Brazil