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Sport Sociology:Integrating Players/ Professional Sport Jobs

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1) As a football coach at an integrated school, you notice that your black players get along with your white players just fine on the field, but their off-the-field social activities are largely segregated. How would you explain this and what could you do to change this pattern?

2) When children say they want to be professional athletes when they grow up, they don't understand that athletic careers in pro sports are very different than other types of careers. What are some of the major differences, and what should children be told about their chances of playing professional sports?

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1) As a football coach at an integrated school, you notice that your black players get along with your white players just fine on the field, but their off-the-field social activities are largely segregated. How would you explain this and what could you do to change this pattern?

The white players and black players have segregated life experiences but football brings them together. The players are likely to share similar lifestyles based upon their upbringing, and many neighborhoods remain segregated so the kids tend to have common backgrounds. A recent New York Times article spoke of a similar issue in which black kids were selected to attend academically selective schools and succeeded academically. However, socially the students did not adjust as well since their experiences were different than the predominantly white students of the ...

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This solution addresses integration of players of different races on/off field, and how to advise children on likelihood of professional sport career, as well as differences between a professional sport career and a more traditional career. APA formatted reference is included.

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