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Conceptualizing the Social Inclusion Potential of Esport to Support Future Sport for Development Agendas: A Capabilities Perspective

Emily Jane Hayday, Holly Collison-Randall, and Richard Loat

Sport is vitally important within the context of development work but does not guarantee the achievement of social outcomes ( Coalter, 2007 , 2010b ). Sport for Development (SfD) is defined as the intentional use of sport to achieve nonsporting goals, such as social inclusion ( Dudfield, 2014

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Attitudes Toward People With Intellectual Disability Associated With Integrated Sport Participation

Carly Albaum, Annie Mills, Diane Morin, and Jonathan A. Weiss

.e., affective vs. behavioral vs. cognitive) using pre–post designs and mechanistic roles of various emotional experiences in the connection between contact and social inclusion/exclusion. In regard to implicit attitudes, the current results suggest minimal differences between groups or associations with contact

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Social Inclusion in Community Sport: A Case Study of Muslim Women in Australia

Hazel Maxwell, Carmel Foley, Tracy Taylor, and Christine Burton

This paper considers how organizational practices facilitate and inhibit the social inclusion of Muslim women in a community sport setting. A case study of social inclusion practices in an Australian community sport organization (CSO) was built through interviews, focus groups, secondary data, and documentary evidence. Drawing on the work of Bailey (2005, 2008) the analysis employed a social inclusion framework comprised of spatial, functional, relational, and power dimensions. Findings indicated that there are a range of practices which facilitate social inclusion. Paradoxically, some of the practices that contributed to social inclusion at the club for Muslim women resulted in social exclusion for non-Muslim women. Examining each practice from multiple perspectives provided by the social inclusion framework allowed a thorough analysis to be made of the significance of each practice to the social inclusion of Muslim women at the club. Implications for social inclusion research and sport management practice are discussed.

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Expanding Social Inclusion in Community Sports Organizations: Evidence from Rural Australian Football Clubs

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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Social Inclusion of Students with Physical Disabilities in General Physical Education: A Behavioral Analysis

Kimberly Place and Samuel R. Hodge

The purpose was to describe the behaviors of eighth-grade students with and without physical disabilities relative to social inclusion in a general physical education program. Participants were 3 girls with physical disabilities and 19 classmates (11 females, 8 males) without disabilities. The method was case study. Data for a 6-week softball unit were collected using videotapes, live observations, and interviews. Findings indicated that students with and without disabilities infrequently engaged in social interactions. Average percentage of time that classmates gave to students with disabilities was 2% social talk and less than 1% in each category for praise, use of first name, feedback, and physical contact. Two themes emerged in this regard: segregated inclusion and social isolation. Students with disabilities interacted with each other to a greater degree than with classmates without disabilities. Analysis of use of academic learning time revealed different percentages for students with and without disabilities.

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Leveraging Sports Events for LGBTQ2+ Inclusion: Supporting Innovation in Organizational Culture and Practices

Emily K. Romano, Kyle A. Rich, and Dennis Quesnel

Events’ Social Inclusion Sloane is left contemplating how she can best use her unique opportunity with the upcoming Canada Games to complement, and expedite, her ongoing work with Egale. Due to her lack of experience with sports events, Sloane delves into more research in hopes of forming a deeper

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Results From Colombia’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Silvia A. González, Maria A Castiblanco, Luis F. Arias-Gómez, Andrea Martinez-Ospina, Daniel D. Cohen, Gustavo A. Holguin, Adriana Almanza, Diana Marina Camargo Lemos, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Iván D. Escobar, Johnattan García, Rocio Gámez, Mauricio Garzon, Yaneth Herazo Beltrán, Hernan Hurtado, Oscar Lozano, Diana C. Páez, Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Nubia Ruiz, Gustavo Tovar, and Olga L. Sarmiento


Physical activity (PA) is vital to the holistic development of young people. Regular participation in PA is associated with substantial benefits for health, cognitive function, and social inclusion. Recognizing the potential of PA in the context of the current peace process in Colombia, the purpose of this article is to present the methodology and results of Colombia’s second Report Card on PA for children and youth.


A group of experts on PA graded 14 PA indicators based on data from national surveys and policy documents.


National and departmental policy indicators received a grade of B, while organized sport participation, overweight, obesity, community influence, and nongovernment initiatives indicators received a grade of C. Overall PA levels, active transportation, sedentary behaviors, and school influence received a grade of D. Active play, low physical fitness, and family influence received an Incomplete grade.


PA levels are low and sedentary behaviors are high in Colombian children and youth, with notable geographic differences. A broad policy framework translated into specific actions could provide unique opportunities to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice, and contribute to social integration goals in a postconflict setting.

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Structure and Organization of Sport for People With Intellectual Disabilities Across Europe

Adriana Marin-Urquiza, Jan Burns, Natalia Morgulec-Adamowicz, and Debbie Van Biesen

.e., physical, psychological, and social well-being) are likely to be more significant for this population compared with the general population ( Wang et al., 2023 ). The European Commission recognizes sport and PA as drivers of active social inclusion and has promoted initiatives to grow sport for all in Europe ( European

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Making Settler Colonialism Visible in Sport Management

Chen Chen and Daniel S. Mason

; Spaaij, 2009 ). Scholars like Coakley ( 2004 ), Coalter ( 2013 ), and Hartmann ( 2003 ) have critically examined efforts to attain desired outcomes—such as social inclusion, social capital development, peace building, conflict resolution, and crime reduction—through sport programs. In doing so, sport

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LGBT Diversity and Inclusion, Community Characteristics, and Success

George B. Cunningham and Calvin Nite

Drawing from concepts in institutional theory, the purpose of this study was to examine how community measures intersect with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender inclusiveness to predict organizational success. The authors collected publicly available data about National Collegiate Athletic Association departments (N = 65) and their communities. Moderated regression analyses demonstrated significant interactive effects, such that performance was highest when the department followed an inclusive strategy and (a) the lesbian, gay, and bisexual population density was high and (b) the state-level implicit bias toward sexual minorities was low. Importantly, there were no negative effects in following an inclusive strategy, even when institutional logics did not prescribe such an approach. The models explained 60–62% of the variance in performance. The authors discuss theoretical and practical implications.